INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Dec. 26 Update: Arkansas State Police have identified Joseph Garcia, 33, of Collinsville, Mississippi as the man killed in an officer-involved shooting near Batesville Sunday.
Arkansas State Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Independence County Sunday.
According to ASP Public Information Officer Bill Sadler, an Independence County sheriff's deputy came in contact with a 33-year-old man on Jamestown Road, near the Desha Community, around 7:25 a.m.
The man reportedly told the deputy he was armed and refused to comply with orders.
Local and state law enforcement officers joined the deputy at the scene.
Sadler said at approximately 11 a.m. the man fired a gun at officers, who then returned fire.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His body is now being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an examination and to determine the exact manner and cause of death.
Sadler said special agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation and the case file will be turned over to prosecutors to determine if any charges should be filed.
Police do not yet know the exact number of shots fired or officers on scene at the time.
The investigation into that is still ongoing, according to Sadler.
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