Benton County Deputy 'Justified' in Shooting Standoff Suspect

BENTON COUNTY, AR -- The Benton County Prosecutor's Office says the deputy who shot a Rogers man during a standoff in February was "justified in using deadly force" and will not face any legal charges.

In a statement Tuesday, prosecutor Van Stone said Captain Nathan Atchison used his weapon to injure the suspect, Devin Dean Weaver, "while Weaver  was attempting to fire his weapon at deputies." 

Deputies arrested Devin Dean Weaver after he was discharged from the hospital on seven felony charges including aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and false imprisonment.

It started as a domestic disturbance report early morning on February 13th. Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 1 a.m., after a female victim called 911.

When deputies arrived, they said they were met in the front yard of the home by a woman and were told there were two small children in the home with her husband, Weaver, 24, who had a gun. The woman told deputies he had broken into the house after coming home drunk from a bar.

According to an affidavit, the woman said Weaver bit her hands and arms and had beaten her up with the butt of his gun, hitting her in the mouth and eyes and telling her she would be leaving "in a body bag."

During negotiations, deputies said there were shots fired from inside the home, causing deputies to take cover. A short time later, the front door opened and the two small children emerged safely.  They were taken to a separate location. Weaver's wife was later taken by ambulance to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to reports.

Weaver is being held in the Benton County Jail on $250,000 bond.  His arraignment is scheduled for March 24.

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