A man reportedly holding a gun was shot by Helena-West Helena police early this morning and the State Police is investigating.

From the State Police:


Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were contacted at 1:38 AM today by authorities within the Helena-West Helena Police Department. A request was made for the agents to investigate an officer involved shooting that had occurred earlier today.

Approximately one hour prior to state police being called, a resident at 112 Caney Creek Road contacted a local ambulance company reporting an individual inside the home appeared to be in medical distress. The caller indicated the individual was armed with a gun.

As police and ambulance personnel arrived they encountered Markel Barrow, 35, who was brandishing a pistol and pointed the gun at police officers. A Helena-West Helena police officer reportedly ordered Barrow to drop the gun. Barrow allegedly refused to comply with the order and was shot by police.

Barrow was transported to a Memphis hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.