Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UPDATE: Little Rock SWAT officers exchange gunfire in raid

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

click to enlarge ARRESTED: Patrick Johnson.
  • ARRESTED: Patrick Johnson.
From the LRPD this morning:

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. officers of the Little Rock Police Department's SWAT team were attempting to serve a high risk search and seizure warrant at 2706 South Washington St. As the officers were attempting to make entry into the residence, the suspect discharged his weapon at the officers. One officer returned fire at the suspect. No one was is struck or injured by the gunfire. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the detective offices to be interviewed.

Charges are pending at the time of this summary.

Details of the need for this raid will be interesting. Search warrants typically relate to drug investigations.

We wrote recently about the ACLU's criticism of overuse of SWAT and military tactics in drug investigations, with sometimes fatal results. A past Little Rock case was among those highlighted. Use of such tactics disproportionately are applied to minorities, an ACLU report said. It also highlighted Little Rock, where 66 of 69 suspects targeted in SWAT raids in 2011-2012 were minorities.

UPDATE: Police have arrested the house occupant, Patrick Johnson, 43, on eight counts of attempt to commit capital murder, possession of firearms by certain persons (generally meaning a felon) and a traffic warrant.

Scott Miles, a five-year officer, returned the fire.

No incident report is available. The department has not said what led to the search warrant.

UPDATE: The search warrant was seeking cocaine.

It's not yet clear if any was found in the search.


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