Teen killed in Marion officer-involved shooting identified, two officers on paid leave

Marion officers responded to the emergency shelter for juveniles and later reported a 16-year-old male had been shot and critically wounded by police Tuesday. (KATV Photo)

UPDATE (7/27):

The mother of a teenager shot to death by police outside a youth shelter in eastern Arkansas says the family had been trying to get help for her son because he was being disruptive.

Vicky Clark's son, 16-year-old Aries Clark, was fatally shot Tuesday night at an emergency shelter for youth in Marion, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. Vicky Clark tells Memphis television station WMC that family members were working on finding therapy options for her son, who was a student at West Memphis High School.

Police have released no details about what led to the fatal shooting or why officers were called to the shelter in the first place.

Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that no officers were hurt but that his department will not release any details while an investigation into the shooting is underway.


UPDATE (7/26): -- Arkansas State Police say the 16-year-old who was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Marion has died.

State Police say Aries Clark , who was critically wounded outside East Arkansas Youth Services on Tuesday, died at a Memphis hospital overnight.

The Marion police chief tells Channel 7 two officers are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Authorities are not releasing the officers' names as the investigation continues.

The Department of Human Services issued a statement following the teen's death, saying, "Our condolences go out to the family of the youth who died and our thoughts are with all involved."

DHS, which provides residential care to some youth in foster care as well as youth who are in the Division of Youth Services aftercare program, has made counseling and trauma services available to youth at the East Arkansas Youth Services unit.



Arkansas State Police are taking over an investigation after a 16-year-old was shot by police in Marion.

At approximately 7:08 p.m., Marion officers responded to an emergency shelter for juveniles located at 104 Cypress Avenue.

Moments later, authorities reported the male teen had been shot and critically wounded by police.

State Police say additional information is expected to be released on Wednesday.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off