The Little Rock Police Department today identified the officers and the 42-year-old Pine Bluff man they killed in an exchange of gunfire Sunday at the Shackleford Crossing shopping center in western Little Rock.
On April 21, 2019, at approximately 1445 hours, Little Rock Police Officer Ryan Stubenrauch and Officer Chandler Taylor responded to a suspicious person call in the area of 2600 S. Shackleford Road. It was reported that there was a white male subject at this location who was wearing a black hoodie and was armed with a gun. The caller further reported that the subject fired the gun, and was last seen walking in the direction of Walmart. As officers arrived in the area of 2704 S. Shackleford Road, they located a subject fitting the description provided.
As officers attempted to make contact with the subject, he fled on foot from them. While fleeing from the officers, the subject fired a semi-automatic handgun at them. Officers returned fire with their departmental issued weapons, striking the subject. The subject was later identified as Michael St. Clair (W/M, DOB: 06/04/1976). MEMS responded to the scene and transported Mr. St. Clair to Baptist Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Homicide Detectives and CSSU personnel responded to the scene. Detectives canvassed the area and interviewed possible witnesses. CSSU personnel collected evidence from the scene.
Officer Stubenrauch and Officer Taylor were hired as Little Rock Police officers on June 29, 2015. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.
This incident occurred in Little Rock’s Northwest Division. This investigation is ongoing.
A search of state court records turned up no ready links to cases involving Michael St. Clair.