Saturday, June 25, 2016

Deputies kill man in call to Farmington fire

Posted By on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 11:11 AM

The State Police today said it was investigation a fatal shooting by Washington County deputies Friday in Farmington. The release:

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the use of deadly force by three Washington County sheriff’s deputies yesterday (Friday, June 24, 2016). Special agents of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case at the request of Tim Helder, Washington County Sheriff.

Farmington police and fire department personnel responded to 133 Neal Street late Friday afternoon where Randy Blecher, 50, had been seen setting fire to the house and an out-building.

Local police reported that on their arrival at the residence, Blecher was seen on the front porch holding a handgun and shotgun.

As officers from other area law enforcement agencies arrived, attempts were made to negotiate with Blecher, asking him to drop the guns.

Blecher moved from the porch and began to walk in the street where he pointed a gun in the direction of three Washington County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies fired their weapons striking Blecher.

Blecher was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation being prepared by the State Police special agents will be submitted to the Washington County prosecuting attorney for review to determine whether the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas laws.


Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The assault on Obamacare begins

    Donald Trump Friday night signed an executive order directing government to scale back Obamacare to the extent possible. Though the signing was mostly symbolic, it likely has implications for Arkansas.
    • Jan 21, 2017
  • Two dead in North Little Rock shooting

    two people were fatally wounded about 9 p.m. Friday in a home in the 1400 block of Division Street, North Little Rock.
    • Jan 21, 2017
  • 2nd Amendment meets the 1st in Fayetteville on campus carry

    They've had a forum in Fayetteville today on Rep. Charlie Collins' fervent desire to force more pistol-packing people onto the campus at the University of Arkansas (and every other college in Arkansas.) He got an earful from opponents.
    • Jan 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation