FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Washington County Prosecuting Attorney says the two officers’ actions were justified in the officer-involved shooting on December 7.
Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds announced the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s findings related to the killing of Officer Stephen Carr on December 7, 2019.
Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett reviewed the independent criminal investigation completed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and determined Fayetteville police officers were justified in their use of deadly force.
Durrett said it was Officer Eucce that initially found Officer Carr slumped over in his police cruiser after he had been shot.
She then used her radio to alert Floyd and the other officers.
When Eucce came face to face with Officer’s Carr’s killer, he pointed his weapon at her, and that’s when both Eucce and Floyd opened fire on him.
He was shot multiple times below the waist and once in the head, which Durret believes was the deadly shot.
There was no bodycam footage to watch because the cameras did not automatically turn on, and the officers did not manually turn them on.
Durrett said the two were clearly justified in what they did that night.
“The rationale behind it, my rationale, was fairly simple. I mean this is one of the most clear cut cases of justifiable deadly force that I’ve seen,” he said.
Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department said, “Mirrors have been put up, extra cameras, stuff like this. There have been a lot of things that have been put up to prevent anything like this happening again.”
Corporal Seay Floyd and Officer Natalie Eucce will remain on paid administrative leave until the internal investigation is completed and reviewed by Chief Reynolds in accordance with Fayetteville Police Department policies and procedures.