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Police chief releases names in officer-involved shooting

Arkansas State Police investigators are looking into an officer involved shooting Saturday night. (Source: KAIT) Arkansas State Police investigators are looking into an officer involved shooting Saturday night. (Source: KAIT)
INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

An officer-involved shooting Saturday night in Independence County will be investigated by the Arkansas State Police, officials said Sunday morning. 

Batesville Police Chief, Alan Cockrill said Sunday night that officers Jordan Akins and Amber Branscum are on administrative leave following the incident. 

According to ASP Public Information TFC Liz Chapman, special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will look into the officer-involved shooting off Highway 167 in Independence County. 

Chapman said the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Saturday when Andrew D. Hatley of Batesville reportedly pointed a gun at law enforcement after a traffic stop.

"Two officers with the Batesville Police Department were conducting a traffic stop on US Highway 167. Hatley, who was a passenger in the stopped vehicle, began to resist the officers and fled on foot," Chapman said. "According to initial statements, Hatley ran a short distance then turned and pointed a handgun at the officers. Both officers fired their weapons, striking Hatley, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment."

No officers were injured in the incident, Chapman said. 

A woman said she saw what happened outside the gas station where she works.

"We saw that two cars, or two cop cars, had somebody pulled over and then the next thing I know, there was gunshots and then someone screaming and I ran out there to see what was going on and that's when we seen, the, I guess, suspect was on the ground," Tina Hollinger said. 

Employees at the gas station on Highway 167 said while they had never seen a shooting in the area, they were shocked to witness the incident.

After completing their report, state police will send an investigative file to the Independence County Prosecuting Attorney's office to determine whether or not the use of deadly force by the officers was justified, Chapman said. 

Cockrill said the suspect is listed in critical condition. 

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