Lincoln, Ark. police officer on paid leave after shooting

    7:25 AM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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    LINCOLN, Ark. (AP) - Our affliate station KFSM is reporting that a Lincoln police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting and wounding a teen who police say pulled a knife on him after a high speed chase.

    Police didn't release the teenager's name. But the boy's mother, Cindy Barlett, identified him as 17-year-old Justin Hellyer to KFSM. Barlett was able to see her son for just ten minutes on Tuesday.

    Lincoln Police have not yet said whether or not a knife has been recovered. Hellyer is expected to make a full recovery. The shot pierced his thigh, but didn't hit any arteries or bones.

    Lincoln Police Chief Russell Morphis said Officer Chris Williams responded to a suspicious vehicle call around 11:10 p.m. Monday when the driver of that car sped away from the scene, nearly striking Officer Williams' police cruiser.

    Police said Justin sped away from them in his car once and got away. They said they caught up with him later and he led them on  a high speed chase until he lost control and crashed on Rheas Community Road near Lincoln Lake.

    The teenager has been charged with felony fleeing and aggravated assault.

    Officer Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

    (Copyright 2012 KFSM)


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