The Arkansas State Police is investigating the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer after a Bryant Police officer was shot and the suspect shot and killed relating to a welfare check on Dec. 23.
According to police, officers were dispatched to 1200 Whirlwind Street in Bryant to check on Austin Chase Swindle’s wellbeing after a call from a concerned family member.
Police say that the 24-year-old allegedly fired a shotgun blast through the door at Bryant police officers who arrived at the apartment complex. According to police, after the shot was fired and it hit an officer, Swindle allegedly exited the apartment brandishing a shotgun. When Swindle refused to comply with police orders to drop the gun, according to police, he pointed the shotgun at police, who then opened fire and killed Swindle.
According to police, the wounded officer is believed to be in stable condition at a Little Rock area hospital.
Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will make an investigative file and submit it to the Saline County prosecuting attorney’s office, where it will be determined if the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas state law.