As indicated yesterday, a bystander’s decision to fire at a vehicle he believed fleeing a robbery at a nearby Arvest bank branch on Chenal Parkway had negative consequences. At least one gunshot hit the wrong car.
So far, the man in medical scrubs who fired several shots from a gas station on the parking lot of a large shopping center has not been identified. I hope to learn more about what the police say regarding use of firearms in such circumstances. I hope they discourage it.
KATV said the bystander had a concealed carry permit and quoted the police as saying they were uncertain if any charges would be filed against him.
UPDATE: Sgt. Cassandra Davis has released the full report on the incident and summarized developments:
The suspect vehicle was located at 15000 Chenal Parkway. Investigation revealed that the owner of the vehicle lived in Building G, Apartment 201. Contact was made with the three occupants of that apartment. Two of the occupants were released without charges. The third, Milton Parker, black male, 1/12/90 of 5505 Cresent Dr. North Little Rock was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, battery 1st, theft of property and possession of a firearm by certain persons in connection with the incident that occurred on the parking lot of the Arvest bank located at 16107 Chenal Parkway.
Mr. Charles Stearns, [he’s 50] the bystander that shot at the suspect, was also released without charges pending a file review by the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.
Concealed carry permits can be revoked administratively, even if a charge isn’t filed when a permit holder uses a weapon in an unacceptable way. Use of a gun by a permit holder is supposed to be reported to the State Police, which issues the permits. By the way: Police agencies typically prohibit their officers from firing at fleeing vehicles because of the potential for misfires. Generally, shots are to be fired to protect oneself or others, not to apprehend someone believed to be a crime suspect.
UPDATE: I asked Sgt. Cassandra Davis about police guidance relative to use of firearms and what the law says about their use. Her answer follows: