Former Lonoke County deputy accused of fatally shooting Arkansas teen Hunter Brittain out on bond

Hunter Brittain (left) and then-Sgt. Michael Davis of the Lonoke County sheriff's office are shown in this undated combination of courtesy photos.
Hunter Brittain (left) and then-Sgt. Michael Davis of the Lonoke County sheriff's office are shown in this undated combination of courtesy photos.

The former Lonoke County sheriff’s deputy accused of felony manslaughter in the June 23 shooting of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain is out of jail on bond.

Michael Davis, 30, appeared Monday morning at the Lonoke County sheriff’s office where bond was set at $15,000. Sheriff John Staley confirmed shortly after the hearing that Davis had bonded out.

Special Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Phillips announced during a news conference Friday that Davis had been charged with felony manslaughter. Phillips, of the 5th Judicial District, was named special prosecutor for the case July 12.

The former deputy surrendered to state police agents about noon Friday.

According to a summary of an affidavit released Friday, Davis fired one shot that struck Brittain in the neck during a 3 a.m. traffic stop near a body shop south of Cabot on Arkansas 89 South. Brittain was transported by Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services to Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, where he died.

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