Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
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Press Release – ARKANSAS STATE POLICE
HOT SPRING COUNTY MAN DIES IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING; STATE POLICE CID INVESTIGATING
A Hot Spring County man, armed with a shotgun, who fired the gun on local sheriff’s deputies was shot and killed this (yesterday) afternoon.
Jacob Aaron Thomas, 29, died at the scene of the shooting near his residence at 1374 Two Rivers Trail, southwest of Malvern (Hot Spring County).
Hot Spring County sheriff’s deputies had been sent to the location about 1:30 this (yesterday) afternoon following the report of a domestic disturbance at Thomas’ home.
After arriving in the area, deputies saw Thomas, armed with what was later identified as a shotgun, walking from a pasture toward the front of the residence. As Thomas approached closer, he reportedly opened fire on the deputies who returned gunfire killing Thomas. The deputies were not injured.
Special Agents will present an investigative case file to the Hot Spring County Prosecuting Attorney who will determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.
Questions that may relate to the identity of the sheriff’s deputies and their administrative duty status should be directed to the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Department.