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Thursday, April 25, 2013

UPDAT: 'Officer-involved shooting' on University

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Parts of University and H streets were closed this morning following what Little Rock Police Department Sergeant Cassandra Davis called an "officer-involved shooting." Police were responding to reports of car break-ins. They apprehended one suspect. Davis said the other suspect is down.

UPDATE FROM KATV: One suspect in custody, one hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wound to upper torso; one suspect being sought.

UPDATE FROM ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE: The wounded suspect has died.

LRPD statement:

The suspect shot by an officer during this mornings officer involved shooting has died as a result of his injuries. The identity of both suspects is known however we are not releasing their names nor the name of the officer involved in the shooting.

UPDATE: Late in the afternoon, the LRPD released the following summary of the morning events:

On April 25, 2013 at approximately 0541 hours LRPD officers were dispatched to a suspicious person call at 416 N. Pierce. The complainant advised that there were three suspects possibly breaking into vehicles. Upon arrival officers located numerous vehicles that had been broken into. While checking the vehicles the officers also found a stolen vehicle that appeared to be the suspect's vehicle. This vehicle had been reported stolen out of NLR and the officers located a weapon and two way radio. As the officers were on the scene they heard several shots fired in a close proximity. The officers began to search for the suspects and were able to locate two black males in the area that fled. A foot pursuit ensued and officers were able to locate one of the suspects hiding in some bushes. This suspect was identified as Roy Boles (black male, DOB 1/21/95, of 2409 W. 16th, North Little Rock).

Officers continued to search for other suspects and using the two way radio they located they were able to determine that one of the suspects was attempting to get on a city bus. An officer located this suspect at University and H Street bus stop. The officer attempted to take the suspect into custody and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the officer saw that the suspect had a handgun in his waistband. The suspect was able to break away from the officer and flee again. A broadcast was made that the suspect was fleeing and was armed with a handgun.

Officer Gorbet, 22 years with the department, then observed the suspect fleeing in the area of Forrest Heights School. Officer Gorbet began chasing the suspect and ordered him to stop. After a short chase the suspect stopped and turned around at which time Officer Gorbet saw that he was armed with a semi-auto pistol. The suspect fired several times at Officer Gorbet who then returned fire at the suspect. The suspect fled into a wooded area and hid until officers were able to take him into custody. It was determined that the suspect, who was identified as Kenzell Hobbs, (black male, DOB 7/23/94 of 800 N. Beech, apartment #11, North Little Rock) had been shot at least one time. He was transported to UAMS where he later died from his wounds. Officer Gorbet was not injured. The officer that fought with Hobbs earlier was treated and released for minor injuries.

A third person of interest was later located and the investigation is continuing into his and Boles' involvement. At this time no one has been officially charged with any crime. Investigators continue to interview officers and witnesses relating to the officer involved shooting. Charges against those arrested will be determined as the investigation continues.

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