Prosecutor: Officers justified in Blytheville shooting following chase

Prosecutor: Officers justified in Blytheville shooting following chase

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Two officers involved in a high speed chase and subsequent shooting of two suspects were justified in their actions, according to the prosecutor. Neither of the suspects were killed.

A letter released by Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington on Tuesday states Blytheville Police Officers Michael Dannar and Bryce Hinson will not face charges following the incident on Oct. 8.

Ellington states the officers used lethal force to arrest David Pollack, Michael Bramlett and Austin Bennett.

The trio of suspects reportedly came to Blytheville from Tennessee to "sell counterfeit methamphetamine for cash," Bennett told investigators.

During a meeting with an unknown person in a white Chrysler vehicle in the parking lot of an abandoned business, a Blytheville officer approached the lot to investigate.

Pollack, who was driving, fled the officer and the pursuit began. The chase went from Mississippi County, into Missouri and back into Arkansas near the Blytheville Municipal Airport.

A spike strip was put down by a sheriff's deputy and the front two tires of the suspects' pickup were flattened.

Officers were led by Pollack through a residential neighborhood and into a freshly plowed field.

At some point during the chase in the field, Officer Dannar got in front of the truck. As the officer got out of his patrol car, Pollack reportedly rammed the car.

Officer Hinson, with his patrol car facing the front passenger side of the truck, got out of his car to help Dannar.

Hinson said he saw the truck "accelerate and lunge forward" toward Dannar and his car. Bennett told investigators he saw Pollack strike the police car two times.

Dannar and Hinson pulled their service weapons and fired toward the driver's area of the truck.

According to earlier reports, Pollock was taken to The MED in Memphis with a gunshot wound. Bennett was shot and taken to a Jonesboro hospital. He was treated and released into police custody. Bramlett was not injured.

Ellington concluded the letter stating the Blytheville Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division will take over the investigation into the criminal activities of Pollack, Bramlett and Bennett.

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