Published On: Tue, Aug 17th, 2021

Arkansas Officer Acquitted in Death of Man Holding BB Gun

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—A jury has acquitted a Little Rock police officer who was accused of using excessive force in the 2016 fatal shooting of a man holding a BB gun. Jurors deliberated for about three hours Monday before returning with a not guilty verdict for officer Dennis Hutchins, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Hutchins and another Little Rock police officer responded to a physical altercation call on Oct. 25, 2016, where they were told one of the men, Roy Richards Jr., was armed. As the officers approached the men, Hutchins saw Richards exit a vehicle holding a rifle. Hutchins fired five shots at Richards, hitting him twice and killing him. It was later learned that the rifle Richards was holding was a BB or pellet gun. According to the Democrat-Gazette, jurors ruled on several questions addressing disputed facts, such as that it was not feasible for Hutchins to warn Richards before … Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS

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