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Authorities release names of suspect, trooper, in officer-involved shooting

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:26 PM CDT
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KAIT) - Authorities on Thursday released the names of the suspect and the Arkansas State Police trooper involved in an officer-involved shooting in Garland County, according to a report from content partner KARK.

KARK reported that Timothy Andrew Kemp, 34, of Mountain Pine died after authorities say he fled on foot from Trooper First Class Ryan Wingo.

The incident happened west of Hot Springs Wednesday afternoon.

ASP said Wednesday the shooting happened after the suspect grabbed the trooper’s gun during a struggle to try to overpower the trooper.

SUSPECT SHOT IN STRUGGLE ATTEMPTING TO GAIN CONTROL OF TROOPER'S GUN A suspect who had fled on foot from an Arkansas...

Posted by Arkansas State Police on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

“At 12:34 PM, a trooper reported he was attempting to stop a motorcycle driver who was not complying with the trooper’s emergency lights and siren to signal a traffic stop. A short pursuit proceeded west along U.S. Highway 70 toward Lake Hamilton Schools where the motorcyclist turned-off the highway onto Sunshine Road still trying to evade the trooper. As the driver of the motorcycle reached the dead end of Woodview Lane, he abandoned the bike and fled on foot in a northeasterly direction through a wooded area with the trooper following,” ASP said. “The trooper’s orders to stop were ignored by the suspect, at which time the trooper fired a TASER, a less than lethal device, in an attempt to stop the suspect. As the trooper neared the suspect, he began to resist the trooper’s orders to surrender. The suspect grabbed the trooper’s gun and a struggle for the gun resulted in the trooper shooting the suspect at 12:46 PM.”

Arkansas State Police special agents are investigating the incident and a case file will be given to prosecutors to review to decide if the use of deadly force was justified.

The trooper is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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