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Police release video of shooting in northeast Arkansas

by Youssef Rddad | March 24, 2019 at 4:30 a.m.
Jonesboro police released body camera video capturing the deadly police shooting of a homicide suspect.

Body-camera footage released Friday of a deadly police shooting in northeast Arkansas shows two officers shoot a man suspected in a recent homicide, capturing the man holding a gun near his side before he's shot.

The Jonesboro Police Department said officers Brian Bailey and Chris Jefferson encountered Rodney Fisher, 47, on March 7 in a breezeway of an apartment building in the 2700 block of Curtview Street.

Body-camera video captured a brief standoff as Bailey and Jefferson approach Fisher. Footage shows both officers draw their guns after Fisher pulls out what appears to be a handgun, holding it at his side as the officers yell "drop it!" and "I swear to God, drop the [expletive] gun!"

The officers fire three shots between them, roughly 10 seconds after Fisher appears on screen. He goes to the ground, dropping his gun, and officers handcuff him.

The footage shows Fisher writhing in pain on the ground, telling officers not to touch him as they apply tourniquets before an ambulance arrives.

Officials said Fisher later died at a hospital after being shot in the chest and leg.

Bailey and Jefferson have been with the department for seven and eight years, respectively, according to police records. They were assigned to the city's street crimes unit and were investigating a drug complaint before encountering Fisher.

The 2nd Judicial Circuit prosecutor on Tuesday cleared the officers in their use of deadly force after an investigation.

"Fisher had made threats against law enforcement officers," prosecutor Scott Ellington wrote after declining to file any criminal charges. "They were told that Fisher had said that he would not go back to prison because he would not be taken alive."

Jonesboro police posted a longer video Friday that is partially narrated by Capt. Lynn Waterworth.

Authorities suspected Fisher in the killing of 44-year-old David Marshall, whom police found with apparent gunshot wounds at his Jonesboro apartment Feb. 25, authorities have said.

Marshall's roommate, Nichole Herndon, was reported missing since then.

Police investigating Marshall's death found that Herndon was in the apartment and that Fisher held her against her will for more than a week, authorities said.

Officers found her on the day they confronted Fisher, who had a warrant for his arrest on a first-degree murder charge in Marshall's killing, police said.

Bailey and Jefferson were put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as well as an internal review. A Jonesboro police spokesman said they remained on leave Friday but were expected to return to their regular duties sometime this week.

State Desk on 03/24/2019

Print Headline: Police release video of shooting in northeast Arkansas

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