Sebastian County Prosecutor Justifies Officer-Involved Shooting last October


The Sebastian County Prosecutor has informed the Fort Smith Police Department that they were justified in the shooting that occurred on October 13, 2018.

Daniel Shue informed Police Chief Nathaniel Clark via letter on March 15, 2018. The decision was from an investigation into the shooting of Samuel Morris.

Police responded to a domestic incident at 5221 Johnson Street. When officers reached the apartment, they saw Morris sitting on a couch and holding a female with a knife to her throat. Police repeatedly ordered Morris to drop the knife and let her go but Morris refused and continued to threaten her.

The police report states at one point, the woman slid down while still in the grip of Morris. An FSPD officer shot Morris and he later died at a hospital.

Shue cited that the decision is governed by Arkansas Code 5-2-610, use of physical force by law enforcement officers, which reads in part they are justified to use deadly force upon another person if the officer needs to defend themselves or a third person from what the law enforcement officer reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.

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