POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - In a letter released Saturday, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said that an officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of a Poinsett County man was justified.
Ellington said that Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson acted properly in the August 3 shooting of Johnny Kelley. Henson went to Kelley's home and as he approached the door, Kelley fired at Henson with a gun, Arkansas State Police said earlier this month.
"In summary, I find Trumann Police Department Chief Chad Henson was justified when he used deadly force against Johnny Kelley in defense of his own life," Ellington said in the letter. "It is my understanding that there are still outstanding ballistic and autopsy reports, as well as other follow-up reports. Until those reports are finished, this investigation remains open and my finding may be subject to change."
Officers responded to the scene and Henson was taken to a Memphis hospital, where he was later treated and released.
Poinsett County deputies had attempted to have Kelley involuntarily committed in the weeks leading up to the deadly altercation, but prosecutors did not believe that a judge would sign off on the order citing second-hand information in the case, as well as no specific threats, had been made at the time.