Ozark Police fatally shot Ronald Elliot, 49, last night, after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
According to a press release from the Arkansas State Police, the incident took place after an officer was dispatched to a home on the 1000 block of West School Street in Ozark, in Franklin County, at 10:19 last night. Police stated that witnesses reported that Elliot was locked in his bedroom, armed with a gun:
Prior to an Ozark police officer arriving at the home, a woman had entered the bedroom in an attempt to disarm Elliot.
When the local police officer entered the bedroom, witnesses heard the officer instruct Elliot to put down the gun, followed by the sound of a gunshot.
Elliot was taken to a hospital in Ozark where he died, and his body is now at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, which will confirm the cause of death.
Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett has asked the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the shooting; this investigative file will be provided to the Franklin County prosecuting attorney to determine whether the officer’s use of deadly force was consistent with the law.