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LRPD Releases ID's from Officer-Involved Shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police have released the names of a burglary suspect and officer from Tuesday's officer-involved shooting on the city's west side.

In a news release issued Wednesday morning, the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) identified the officer as Brian Osmundson and the suspect as Cartiar Warner, 23 and said Warner remained hospitalized under police guard.

Police say Officer Osmundson was off-duty when he shot Warner, whom he said was trying to break in at his apartment in the Bowman Heights complex on Markham Mesa Place.

The release states that while officers were driving to a burglary in progress call, Officer Osmundson advised over his police radio that a man was beating on his door and trying to get inside. Osmundson then reported that the suspect had broken out a window and the officer said he had fired shots at the man.

When on duty officers arrived on the scene they reported finding Officer Osmundson trying to help Warner, who was lying outside of the apartment and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say Warner kept repeating to officers that his name was “God.” He was taken to Baptist Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition. 

Detectives interviewed witnesses who were inside and outside of the apartment at the time of the incident and police say the witnesses corroborated the initial information given to officers about what happened.

The LRPD says charges against Warner are pending the outcome of the investigation and his release from the hospital.

Officer Osmundson has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. He has been with the LRPD since June 25, 2012. 

The same officer was also involved in a deadly police shooting last year in the River Market.


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