Prosecutor calls officer-involved shooting 'justified'

Prosecutor calls officer-involved shooting 'justified'

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer involved in a shooting last month will not face criminal charges.

Scott Ellington, district prosecuting attorney, announced Tuesday that Patrolman First Class Brian Arnold was justified in using deadly force during the Sept. 26 incident.

Arnold shot Clifton Puckett during a domestic disturbance at a home in the 1300-block of Turner Street.

According to Ellington's letter to Arkansas State Police, Arnold went into the house and found Puckett and his wife struggling over a shotgun.

Audio from the patrol car's dash camera and body microphone recorded Arnold "yelling loudly and forcefully at Puckett to 'drop the gun,' Ellington noted in his letter.

The prosecutor said Puckett showed no signs of complying with the officer's instructions.

When Puckett made a "sudden lunge," Arnold fired one round from his service weapon, hitting Puckett.

Arnold then notified dispatch of shots fired and requested medical assistance.

Puckett was treated at the scene then taken to the hospital.

Ellington said "if Puckett had obeyed the lawful commands of Officer Arnold and shown his hands when instructed to do so, he would not have been shot."

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