Allegations of Police Abuse Cause Officer to Resign

June 24, 2004 -- Posted at 8:08 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD -- A Paragould police officer has resigned after allegations of police abuse. An arrest was made during a routine search warrant, but something happened that was not routine. Now, the suspect is in jail and a police officer is out of a job.

Last week Sgt. Arvin Volner was investigated by the Arkansas State Police for allegations of excessive force. I
nvestigators have now turned the case over to deputy prosecuting attorney Curtis Hitt, who may or may not file charges. V
olner resigned at midnight Wednesday evening.

Chief of Police JD Stephenson said, "There was allegations of police misconduct, force used, that was the allegation. We thought that based on what was being said we needed to look further to that and that's why we asked the state police to come in and do an investigation."

Volner had been on administrative leave with pay prior to his resignation.