Rifle-carrying man wounded by police in Helena-West Helena

March 5, 2022 GMT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — A rifle-carrying man was wounded when he was shot by a police officer in eastern Arkansas, according to Arkansas State Police.

Travon Brewer, 18, was shot in Helena-West Helena by a Jonesboro officer who was part of a multi-jurisdictional task force, state police said in a statement.

Task force officers were searching for a wanted fugitive on Thursday when they heard gunfire near them and two officers later spotted Brewer walking along a street and carrying a rifle.

Police say the officers ordered Brewer to drop the rifle but, instead, he pointed the weapon at them and the Jonesboro officer shot him.

Brewer was taken to a Memphis hospital in stable condition, state police said.

The officer’s name was not immediately released.

State police are investigating the shooting and will provide a report to the prosecuting attorney, who will determine whether the shooting was justified.