Suspect Dead After Morning Shootout With LRPD

Apr 25, 2013

One suspected car thief is dead after a shootout this morning with Little Rock Police near North University Avenue and H Street.

LRPD Spokeswoman Sergeant Cassandra Davis said police responded to a call at about 5:41 Thursday morning at 416 N. Pierce St. She said three individuals were reported breaking into cars.

“One of our officers was able to make contact with one of those suspects, that officer and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation, the suspect managed to get away from the officer again and he fled for about a block or a half a block where there was an exchange of gunfire between our officer and the suspect,” Davis said.

Davis said the shootout happened in the 1000 block of North University Ave.

“The officer was not hit, however the suspect was hit once – at least once in the upper torso, he was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries,” Davis said.

A portion of North University Ave. was closed for several hours due to the shootout.

Davis says police haven’t found the third suspect and they don’t have a physical description of the individual.

Identities of the suspect and the police officer involved have not yet been released.

Forest Heights Middle School and Hall High School, which are in the area of the shooting, were placed on lock down for part of the morning.