Prosecutors Get File on WMPD's Shooting of Boy

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The Arkansas State Police has turned over its investigative file to special prosecutors on the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy by a West Memphis police officer.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler says more reports will be added to the file on the June 22 death of DeAuntae Farrow.  He said the file will not be made public at this phase of the investigation.  Prosecutors will decide whether charges will be filed.

West Memphis police say the boy was playing outside with a friend while two officers, wearing SWAT-type uniforms, were on an unrelated stakeout.  Police say the boys ran by, yelling, and officers told them to stop.  Police say Sergeant Erik Sammis fired when it appeared Farrow was holding a weapon and moved.

The boy's family disputes the police account, and his mother, Debra Farrow, has filed a lawsuit over her son's death.  Sammis has been placed on paid suspension, pending the results of the investigation.

On Friday, Special Prosecutors H.G. Foster and Jack McQuary met with Debra Farrow at her home in West Memphis.

The FBI also is investigating the shooting for possible civil rights violations.

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