NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An emotional scene, as family of 17-year-old Charles Smith, Jr. – a senior at NLR HS stand in the place where he was shot and killed by police overnight. “We were headed to a party and such like that and we were driving down Camp Robinson Road,” says Juwaun Jordan.
21-year-old Jordan says he was in the car with Smith and another man – when their car was pulled over by NLR police during a traffic stop – “I don’t know where they came from, they just came out of nowhere, they said it was over a light or something, but the lights were working,” says Jordan.
Police say the three people in the car were being patted down – when a gun was spotted on one of the men. Officers say a fight then started over the weapon. “They started tussling with him and all that,” says Jordan. “They told him to get on the ground, he got on the ground.”
Police say the 17 year old fired at least one shot toward officers – before they returned fire – killing the teen. “They didn’t have to shoot him that many times,” says Smith’s grandmother, Mary Howard. “He’s a young, skinny young man, I could have grabbed him. I know a whole squad could have cuffed him and put him down and did what they needed to do.”
The family say they haven’t been allowed to see smith to identify his body. “I said can I see him, can I see him, and they sent me to the coroners office off of Chenal,” says Howard.
Now, they’re hoping they find out what led up to the shooting, claiming the life of their loved one. “We want his name to stay alive,” says Jordan.
It’s not clear if police officers were injured. They are being placed on paid administrative leave.
A vigil for the teen will be held on Monday.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A 17-year-old suspect was shot and killed by North Little Rock police officers overnight following a scuffle over a gun.
The incident started as a traffic stop around 1 a.m. Sunday at 52nd and Camp Robinson.
Police say the three people inside the car were being patted down when a gun was spotted on one of the suspects. Officers say a fight then started over the weapon.
According to a news release from NLRPD, a 17-year-old suspect fired at least one shot towards officers. Police returned fire killing the teen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The names of the suspect and involved officers are not being released by authorities at this time.
Family confirmed to our Charmaine Nero that the teen killed was Charles Smith Jr., a student at North Little Rock High School.
Based on the news release, there’s no indication officers suffered any injuries.
The officers involved in this incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, per NLRPD policy.