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Duke Brackney

Former Bella Vista police officer Coleman Duke Brackney was arrested on a manslaughter charge today in connection with a January shooting.

James Patrick Ahern, 41, was shot and killed Jan 20 in Bella Vista. Ahern was the driver of a car which led Brackney in a pursuit before the shooting occurred, authorities said at the time.

Brackney was fired by the Bella Vista Police Department, according to authorities. He had been on leave since the incident.

Charges were filed following an Arkansas State Police investigation,

Brackney is scheduled to be arraigned June 7.

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