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Troopers in Miss. Co. shooting cleared to return to work

Large police presence on I-55 near Luxora (Source: KAIT) Large police presence on I-55 near Luxora (Source: KAIT)

Arkansas State Police have identified the man killed during an officer-involved shooting in Mississippi County Monday night.

According to a news release from ASP, James Edward Blackmon, 35, of St. Louis was shot and killed during a shootout with state troopers. 

An Arkansas State Police K-9 was also killed. 

According to ASP, a state trooper was patrolling Interstate 55 near mile marker 56 around 7:00 p.m. when the trooper saw a vehicle that was earlier identified as a vehicle being pursued by Missouri law enforcement officials.

In a press release to Region 8 News, Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said while on patrol, a Pemiscot County Deputy observed a vehicle traveling Southbound on I-55.

The report states the car was driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at a high rate of speed, when around the 14 Mile Marker, the deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the car. 

Greenwell said the driver refused to stop and continued at a high rate of speed towards the Arkansas State Line.

As the vehicle approached the state line, the Pemiscot County Deputy discontinued the pursuit of the vehicle and radioed a description of the vehicle and advised of the failure of the vehicle to stop for Missouri authorities.

The Arkansas State Trooper stopped the driver, identified as Blackmon, but he then ran from officers. 

Two state troopers and a Mississippi County sheriff's deputy chased the suspect, when Blackmon later fired a gun at troopers. Troopers fired back, hitting Blackmon. 

The suspect was later caught and transported to a local hospital where ASP confirmed he died early Tuesday morning.  

An ASP K-9 was killed by Blackmon, and a trooper sustained minor injuries, the news release stated.

In a tweet Tuesday, ASP identified the K-9 officer killed in the incident:

Both Arkansas State Police troopers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the state's deadly force investigation. 

The investigative file, according to Arkansas State Police, was submitted to prosecutors to determine if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws, specifically the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. 

As of Monday, August 6, Liz Chapman with ASP said the troopers involved in the shooting were cleared to return to work.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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