JUDSONIA, AR (KAIT)– A standoff with an Arkansas State Police SWAT team leads to the death of aWhite County man.
According to a newsrelease from Arkansas State Police, around 8 p.m. Monday local law enforcementresponded to a call for help in a subdivision off Arkansas Highway 367 north ofJudsonia. The call was to report a man who lived in the area making threatsagainst neighbors.
A Judsonia policeofficer 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 statepolice.
The officer was notable to speak with Martin and drove to a nearby home on the same street. Policesay Martin came out of his house and shot at the officer while the officer wastalking to another resident. Additional law enforcement was called to the sceneand Martin went back into his home and refused to come back out.
Shortly after 10p.m. the Arkansas State Police SWAT team arrived at Martin's home. Moreattempts 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 sayMartin shot the robot, disabling it and then shot at the SWAT team which took coverbehind an armored truck in front of his home.
The SWAT teamreturned fire. Martin was wounded and later died at a White County hospital, according to police.
The incident isunder review by the State Police Office of Professional Standards.
Special agents withthe State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating theshooting. The case will be turned over to the White County Prosecuting Attorneyto determine if the use of deadly force was consistent with state law.