Sheriff releases statement on fatal officer-involved shooting as investigation continues

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 2:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 5:19 PM CDT
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LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said Thursday that his department was “committed to transparency” after an officer-involved shooting left a 17-year-old dead earlier this week.

According to content partner KARK, Staley released a video statement on the traffic stop involving Hunter Britain.

Staley said he immediately asked Arkansas State Police to conduct an investigation into the shooting and that he supports releasing body camera video of the incident, when “the law and the State Police investigation allow it,” KARK reported.

Arkansas State Police said the officer-involved shooting happened around 3 a.m. June 23 outside an auto repair shop south of Cabot on State Highway 89.

A Lonoke County sheriff’s deputy stopped a truck driven by Britain, who was from McRae.

At some point during the stop, the deputy shot Britain, fatally wounding him.

An ambulance took Britain to a North Little Rock hospital, where he later died.

KARK reported Wednesday that officials identified the deputy as Sgt. Michael Davis.

Davis, who has been with the department since 2013, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The sheriff’s office requested ASP to investigate the shooting.

“The circumstances of the traffic stop and what may have led up to the deputy firing his gun at Britain will be documented in the investigation,” ASP said in a news release.

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