KARK reports here on the fatal shooting in Bryant last night of a reportedly suicidal suspect and the wounding of a Bryant police officer.
The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at The Greens at Hurricane Creek apartments.
The police posted this statement on Facebook last night:
First the Bryant PD would like to thank you all for the support and all the thoughts and prayers being sent out for our officer involved.
Earlier this evening our officers responded to the Greens apartment complex next to Target for a male subject that was suicidal. When officers arrived on scene, the subject fired his weapon and our officer was shot. She was later airlifted to UAMS. The suspect was then confronted moments later and was shot and killed by another officer on scene.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those involved in this incident. We will keep everyone updated of our officer and her condition as we receive it.
No identities have been released as yet. One media account reported the condition of the officer today as stable.
UPDATE: The State Police, who’ve been asked to investigate the use of deadly force, provided this additional information:
Austin Chase Swindle, 24, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly fired a shotgun blast through a door at police officers who had arrived at an apartment complex to check his wellbeing based on a report from a concerned family member. The incident occurred at 1200 Whirlwind Street, Bryant.
Following the gunshot being fired and wounding one officer, Swindle reportedly exited the apartment brandishing the shotgun. Swindle is said to have refused to comply with police orders to drop the gun, then pointed the shotgun at police who shot and killed him.
The wounded officer is believed to be in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital.
The officer who was shot has been identified as Samantha Hodgson.