Officer found "justified" in shooting of Paragould woman

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould police officer was justified in using deadly force when he shot and injured a woman Wednesday, Dec. 10, according to 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington.

According to a letter from Ellington's office to Arkansas State Police Lt. Brandt Tosh, Officer Timothy Collins was "justified in using deadly force" and "no further review of this matter is necessary".

According to the letter, Collins "was confronted with circumstances justifying deadly force" when he shot Tonya Turner of Paragould. Turner was taken to a local hospital after the shooting.

Just before 8:00 on the morning of Dec. 10, Collins responded to a disturbance call at 810 Rector Road in Paragould. When he arrived on scene, he was told that Turner had a knife.

The letter stated Turner ran at Collins with a large kitchen knife. After Collins told the woman to stop, he shot her two times in the stomach as she approached.

Collins immediately called emergency services after the shooting, the letter stated. She was

Arkansas State Police reported that Collins was yelling at Turner and backing up before he shot, approximately six feet away.

Correction: Region 8 News erroneously reported Ms. Turner died in the shooting. Turner was only injured. Region 8 News apologizes for the error.

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