KARK reports that Maumelle police are investigating reports of gunfire early New Year’s Day, allegedly at the home of Lieutenant Michael Ford, Public Information Officer for the Little Rock Police Department. KARK reports:

Maumelle police responded to a shots fired call at a home just after midnight on January 1st.

A caller reported 45 to 60 muzzle flashes from the backyard of that address.

Maumelle police also report hearing gunfire as they responded.

As they arrived, officers say they smelled burnt gunpowder and say they could see shell casings in the yard.

Ford denied to police that anyone at his residence had fired the shots.

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The incident report lists two offenses: discharging a weapon, which is a violation of a city ordinance; and obstruction of governmental operations, a misdemeanor.

If found responsible, Ford could face fines in excess of $1,600.00, according to the report.

A spokesperson for the Little Rock Police Department, Officer Eric Barnes, replied to a request for information regarding the incident report:

“The incident is being reviewed by our Professional Standards Section (Internal Affairs). He (Lieutenant Ford) has not been placed on Administrative Leave.”