Prosecutor: Police chief justified in shooting stabbing suspect

BALD KNOB, AR (KAIT/AP) – A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store.

Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand.

Collins was shot in the shoulder area and is in White County Medical Center in stable condition. Raff says he will file first-degree battery and aggravated assault charges against Collins for the stabbing.

According to Arkansas State Police, who were asked to investigate, Collins and a man entered On the Run Exxon, 119 U.S. Highway 167 in Bald Knob, around 10 a.m. Investigators say it appeared the two were traveling together.

While in the store, investigators say the woman stabbed the man. He then went to the front of the store to get help.

Sanford says that he's ready to return to work and that he knew "100 percent" that he did the right thing.

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