The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette got first crack at the police investigative report on the fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire by Officer Charles Starks after a traffic stop.
The Arkansas Times also has had a request pending for that report but has not received it.
The report became open to the public after the prosecutor closed his investigation Friday by concluding that Starks was justified in the fatal shooting. Prosecutor Larry Jegley said in deciding no charges should be filed that Starks was threatened by Blackshire’s car driving toward him and reasonably feared Blackshire was going to shoot him.
The Democrat-Gazette report includes passages from interviews Starks gave to investigators. He recalled that Blackshire’s vehicle hit his leg and acknowledged it wasn’t accelerating.
The article says Starks couldn’t recall how he ended up on the hood of Blackshire’s car, firing repeatedly, but that he feared being run over. From the documents the newspaper received:
“Officer Starks stated there was a period of time he did not remember or had blacked out,” the report said.
The materials note that a gun was found in the car Blackshire was driving. It was stopped because it was reported stolen. The loaded handgun was on the floorboard of the passenger side of the car. A companion of Blackshire had told officers after she was arrested following the shooting that Blackshire had a gun. He was reaching into his pocket before Starks started shooting. He had refused repeated orders to get out of the car.
Still pending is the outcome of an administrative review of Starks’ actions that day.