Names released in officer-involved shooting

Names released in officer-involved shooting

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A domestic disturbance on Turner Street in Jonesboro led to an officer-involved shooting shortly after 5 Saturday night.

According to the police report, when officers arrived to the home they were directed to the back bedroom where a man and woman were fighting over a shotgun.

The man then pulled the gun away from the woman.

Officer Brian Arnold told the suspect, 33-year-old Clifton Puckett, to put the gun down multiple times but he refused.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said that's when Arnold shot Puckett.

Arnold was not hurt, and Puckett was taken into surgery at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Puckett was later transported to a Little Rock hospital.

Neighbors told a Region 8 News reporter at the scene they didn't see or hear anything at the time of the shooting.

Neighbors also said this isn't the first time they have seen police cars outside the residence.

Elliott said domestic calls like this can become dangerous very quickly and, statistically speaking, domestic calls account for many of the homicides that occur.

"The domestic situation is a very volatile situation, you never know what you are going to get into," Elliott said. "Sometimes the officers go to arrest one party and the other party turns on the officer even though they are being victimized when the officers got there."

Since the shooting involved a JPD officer, the case was turned over to Arkansas State Police.

Following JPD policy, Arnold has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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