New Information on Shooting of Batesville Officer, Death of Suspect

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas State Police have released details about a shooting that left a Batesville police officer injured and the alleged shooter dead.

The officer is expected to recover.

The Batesville Police Department has asked for the assistance of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division after the officer-involved shooting occurred last night.

It happened around 7:40 p.m. Friday.

The Batesville Police Department officer responded to a residence located on Neeley Street.
The officer made contact with Marvin Stair, 44, who immediately fired a gun at the officer striking him multiple times. 

The officer returned fire, retreated to cover, and called for assistance.

According to initial statements, as additional officers were arriving at the residence, Marvin Stair appeared from the front door of the home and pointed a rifle at them, leading police to fire on the suspect.

Stair was pronounced dead at the scene. 

His body will be turned over to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination.

Upon completion of the investigation, Arkansas State Police Special Agents assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division will present an investigative file to the prosecuting attorney for determination of whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas laws.


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