Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on February 28, 2020 at 12:58 AM for VIP Members at the private AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Larkin was assisting the Hot Springs Fire Department with a large spill on Sanford Street Tuesday around 8PM. It had not been determined yet whether the liquid was flammable or not.
Firefighters had a man standing precariously close to the spill….smoking a cigarette. The fireman warned the man, then told the man then ordered the man, but, he refused to listen. The firefighters got Off. Larkin to see about this guy.
Off. Larkin made contact with the man, Miguel Devon Whitmore, 28, of W. 11th Street in Little Rock. He told Mr. Whitmore that he had to move from the area for safety reasons. He refused to comply at first, but began to walk away. Off. Larkin walked behind him to a parking lot on Valley Street. As they were walking, Mr. Whitmore stopped walking and froze in place. Off. Larkin told him to keep walking, but he refused.
Off. Larkin tried to guide him forward and he tried to strike the officer with his elbow, then continued walking. Off. Larkin ordered the suspect to put his bag down and Mr. Whitmore refused. Off. Larkin tried to get control of his arm to handcuff him. He tried to punch the officer in the face. The officer dodged the punch, pulled his tazer and ordered Mr. Whitmore to lie down on the ground. Mr. Whitmore refused and said “you’re gonna get a bullet to the face” and reached for his waistband. Mr. Whitmore was tazed. He fell to the ground, but it was not a good hit and the desired effect failed. Mr. Whitmore attempted to stand up and he was tazed again. He kept getting up and retazed several times until backup officers arrived to assist.
Mr. Whitmore was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Whitmore is charged with Felony Terroristic Threatening, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication with an initial bond of $4,500.