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Bullet in the back 

Secrecy surrounds informant involved in deadly shooting.

QUESTIONS IN DEATH: DeAndre Lamar Glenn.
  • QUESTIONS IN DEATH: DeAndre Lamar Glenn.

On Dec. 6, 2006, shortly before 7:30 p.m., Little Rock undercover narcotics detectives shot and killed a man near the intersection of 16th and Cedar. Later that night, three officers filed reports explaining their use of deadly force.

All three reported that the dead man had been seen shooting at another man, and that when they interrupted the altercation, shouting “Police!” and giving chase, the assailant had “turned” and “pointed a gun” at the officers, prompting them to open fire and kill him.

Three months later, that scenario remains cloaked in questions. Police have not released the names of the officers involved. They have given conflicting statements about what transpired. And they have provided no information about the man who reportedly was being shot at, other than to say he was a confidential informant working for narcotics detectives.

Of all the questions that cloud the killing, the greatest is the apparent contradiction between the officers’ account of what happened and the wounds on the dead man’s body. DeAndre Lamar Glenn was struck by two police bullets. One entered his left heel. The bullet that killed him entered his back.

‘Man, let the police handle it.’

Glenn was born in Chicago in 1979. He moved to Arkansas with his family about 10 years ago, while he was in high school. At the time of his death, at 27, Glenn was working for his uncle at an auto detail shop in Searcy, and living with his girlfriend, De’Angela Dickerson, 23, a certified nursing assistant. In 2004, the two had bought a house together, at 4103 W. 13th St., about five blocks from where Glenn would die.

Glenn’s father, Carlton Blakley, of North Little Rock, says that his son’s only encounters with police, prior to his death, had been for traffic violations. Blakley, who coaches wrestling at the Rose City Boys and Girls Club in North Little Rock, said Glenn had recently gotten a ticket in Jacksonville and was scheduled to appear in traffic court there on the day after he was shot.

Beyond that, Blakley and Dickerson describe a young man who worked, ate dinner most Sundays with his dad and other relatives, and enjoyed bowling and watching movies at home. Blakley and Dickerson also agree, however, that Glenn had become highly agitated in the weeks leading to his death.

Dickerson said the trouble began with the first break-in at their home, in late October or early November 2006. She said someone pushed in a window air-conditioner and made off with a 21-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD player, several DVDs, a Play Station, and the base of their surround-sound speaker system. The couple reported the break-in to police.

Less than a week later, Dickerson said, their house was hit again. This time, a neighbor called Dickerson on her cell phone, reporting that she’d heard someone in the house. When Dickerson and Glenn arrived at the house, she said, they found it “trashed.” Jewelry, a second Play Station, games and expensive shoes were gone.

Both break-ins had occurred shortly after the pair had left the house. Dickerson was frightened. “It felt like we were being watched.” she said.

After the second burglary, the couple spent the night at Blakley’s house. Dickerson said Glenn went back to their house the next morning “and boarded up our windows.” This time, they did not report the break-in to police.

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