ENGLAND, Ark. – It’s been four years since a former England Police Officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him. Soon after, the prosecuting attorney says he was justified for using lethal force.
Years later that day still impacts John Siems and his family. Most recently, his daughter wrote about it in a heartfelt poem that was recited at an England High School poetry night.
Words on crinkled up paper with so much meaning behind them, about a day that changed the Siems family’s life.
John Siems, now retired from law enforcement, was a Ventral Arkansas police officer for 12 years.
“I have never been put in a situation where I feared for my life and had to use deadly force,” John said.
He was responding to a domestic disturbance in England when a suspect pointed a gun at him, he says, in a split second he made a decision.
“I had to do what I had to do to go home to my family,” he explains.
Recently his daughter, Aleigha, wrote a poem about her father going through the grieving process after the officer-involved shooting.
“You never really hear about what the family deals with,” Aleigha said.
She recited it at an England High School poetry night, surprising her dad with the words she came up with.
“It really touched me,” John said. “We don’t talk about it to this day.”
They say not only do the officers go through an emotional process after an event like this, but the entire family is also affected.
“There is probably not a day that goes by that they don’t think about it,” John said.