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Judsonia man shot, killed by SWAT team in standoff

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JUDSONIA, AR (KAIT) – A standoff with an Arkansas State Police SWAT team leads to the death of a White County man.

According to a news release from Arkansas State Police, around 8 p.m. Monday local law enforcement responded to a call for help in a subdivision off Arkansas Highway 367 north of Judsonia. The call was to report a man who lived in the area making threats against neighbors.

A Judsonia police officer went to 117 Meadowview Circle and tried to talk to Charles Adrien Martin, 40. He was the person neighbors had called police about, according to state police.

The officer was not able to speak with Martin and drove to a nearby home on the same street. Police say Martin came out of his house and shot at the officer while the officer was talking to another resident. Additional law enforcement was called to the scene and Martin went back into his home and refused to come back out.

Shortly after 10 p.m. the Arkansas State Police SWAT team arrived at Martin's home. More attempts by police to contact Martin went unanswered.

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday police sent in a robot and it was able to get in the home. Police say Martin shot the robot, disabling it and then shot at the SWAT team which took cover behind an armored truck in front of his home.

The SWAT team returned fire. Martin was wounded and later died at a White County hospital, according to police.

The incident is under review by the State Police Office of Professional Standards.

Special agents with the State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting. The case will be turned over to the White County Prosecuting Attorney to determine if the use of deadly force was consistent with state law.

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