State Police investigate officer-involved shooting at Travelers Inn in Van Buren, suspect identified

River Valley News

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KARK) — The Arkansas State Police is continuing its investigation today of an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on July 14 at a Van Buren motel. 

Lawrence Brandenburg, 74, of Van Buren was shot and wounded when he reportedly reached for a gun as police entered a motel room.

The incident occurred at the Travelers Inn, located at 3107 Alma Highway.  Van Buren police had been contacted shortly after 1:30 p.m. about a motel occupant who had pointed a gun at motel employees.

Local police officers that responded to the call attempted to make contact with the motel occupant, later identified as Brandenburg.  During the encounter Brandenburg reached for a handgun and a VBPD officer fired his weapon, striking Brandenburg.

Officers rendered first aid and Brandenburg was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Earlier today Brandenburg remained hospitalized.  No police officers or motel employees were injured.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation.  The investigative file, once completed, will be turned-over to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.

Charges against Brandenburg are pending at this time.

Original Story

UPDATE: Sgt. Jonathan Wear said the shooting is officer-involved. Since an officer is involved Arkansas State Police are investigating the shooting. No further details are available at this time.


VAN BUREN, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Van Buren police are responding to a shooting at the Travelers Inn on Alma Highway.

Officer received a call about shots fired around 3:45 p.m.

Sgt. Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police said officers are on the scene gathering information at this time.

Wear did not know if there was a victim but said it is possible. He could not release any additional information at this time.

The shooting is under investigation. Stay with KNWA/FOX24 as we gather more information.

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