Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified
The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Trumann. (Source: Anonymous viewer via Facebook)
The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Trumann. (Source: Anonymous viewer via Facebook)
Local and state law enforcement at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. (Source: KAIT)
Local and state law enforcement at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. (Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State Police have identified a man killed Friday morning in an officer-involved shooting.

Corporal Liz Chapman, public information officer for Arkansas State Police, tells Region 8 News that Johnny Kelley, 49, of Trumann was killed.

At 10 a.m. Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson was called to Kelley's residence. As Henson was approaching the door, according to an ASP news release, Kelley fired at Henson with a gun.

Henson survived the shot and returned fire, killing Kelley.

His body will be taken to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death, Chapman said.

Agents with the ASP Criminal Investigation Division will submit their findings to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by the chief was consistent with Arkansas law.

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson was among those who accompanied Henson to the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis.

Thompson said Henson, who used to work in the Blytheville Police Department, was wearing his vest when the shooting occurred on Kassinger Lane off Cash Road.

According to our reporter in Trumann, Chief Henson has been released from the hospital and is back in Trumann.

Officers from multiple agencies, including the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene.

"Anytime you get that call, it does hit home," Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said. "Anytime it's within the county and when you work closely with someone it makes you realize it can happen here."

Molder said once they realized the severity of the situation, it was important to have ASP lead the investigation.

"Anytime we have an officer-involved shooting we always request Arkansas State Police to investigate the crime scene due to the fact that we're all close," Molder said. "We feel like they have more resources to investigate it, as well as have a non-bias agency to handle the situation."

Region 8 News will continue to update this story as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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