OZARK, Ark. - A Tuesday night domestic disturbance call in Ozark (Franklin County) has ended in the death of an armed man who officials say was shot by a local police officer.
An Arkansas State Police (ASP) news release issued Wednesday morning states it happened shortly after 10 p.m. at 1004 West School Street.
The release states that Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett has asked Special Agents of the ASP Criminal Investigation Division to conduct an investigation of the shooting incident.
Witnesses reported that Ronald Elliot, 49, was armed with a gun and had locked himself inside his bedroom. Before an Ozark police officer arrived at the home, a woman had entered the bedroom to try and disarm the man.
When the local police officer stepped inside the bedroom, witnesses heard the officer order Elliot to put down the gun, followed by the sound of a gunshot.
Elliot was taken to an Ozark hospital where he died. His body has been taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to collect forensic evidence and confirm the manner and cause of death.
The ASP says its investigative file will be turned over to the Franklin County prosecuting attorney to consider whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.
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