UPDATE: Suspect Killed by Pope County Deputy Identified as NWA Resident

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UPDATE: Authorities have identified the suspect who was killed by a Pope County deputy Tuesday after he was reported to have brandished a knife following a vehicle pursuit.

The suspect was identified as Haze Connor Martin, 22, of Siloam Springs.

Martin was shot and killed by the deputy in Conway County at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A Pope County deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 40 into Conway County. The suspect failed to stop and continued traveling eastbound. 

Initial statements say the vehicle finally came to a stop in Conway County. The individual stepped out of the vehicle armed with a knife. A deputy fired on the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Martin had previously been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor fleeing on foot and two counts of public intoxication according to jail records. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

An unidentified man died after reportedly brandishing a knife at a local law enforcement officer following a vehicle pursuit.

According to a press release from Arkansas State Police, the shooting occurred on Tuesday, December 11 at 11:30 p.m. in Conway County.

A Pope County Deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 40 into Conway County. The individual failed to stop and continued traveling eastbound. 

Initial statements say the vehicle finally came to a stop in Conway County. The individual stepped out of the vehicle armed with a knife. A Pope County Deputy fired on the individual who was pronounced dead at the scene.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for positive identification and examination.

Upon completion of the investigation, state police special agents will submit an investigative file to Pope and Conway counties for consideration to determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was justified. 

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