A suspect involved in the carjacking of a taxicab in Little Rock died after sustaining wounds from a gunshot in an Arkansas State Trooper officer involved shooting.
Keaton died in a Little Rock hospital on Saturday night after the incident that occurred on 7620 Baseline Road. His body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where an autopsy will be conducted.
According to police, Keaton was wanted in connection to the carjacking of a taxicab. Minutes later, police say, an Arkansas Department of Transportation Highway Police officer approached the taxicab after losing control and crashing the vehicle while exiting Interstate 30 onto Roosevelt Road and crashing into another vehicle.
Police say that Keaton abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot a short distance later where he encountered the highway police officer, who tried to arrest Keaton.
According to police, Keaton stabbed the highway police officer as the state trooper approached the scene. While Keaton moved toward the state trooper still brandishing the weapon, police say, the trooper used a taser to stop Keaton. Because the taser was ineffective, police say, Keaton was ordered to drop his weapon, which he failed to do, and kept charging toward the officer. The trooper then shot Keaton with a handgun.
Police say that emergency medical personnel transported the highway police officer and Keaton from the scene. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The officer who discharged his weapon was identified as Sergeant Marcus Daniels of the Arkansas State Police. The 13-year veteran is of the Highway Patrol Division, Troop A post supervisor, is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. After the state police criminal investigation division concludes its investigation, the findings will be presented to the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney, who will then determine whether or not the use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas laws.