ASP investigating Van Buren officer involved shooting

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The Arkansas State Police (ASP) is investigating an officer involved shooting from July 14 that occurred between a Van Buren Police officer and a 74-year-old man at a Van Buren motel.

State Police say Lawrence Brandenburg of Van Buren was shot and wounded when he allegedly reached for a gun as police entered his room at the Travelers Inn at 3107 Alma Highway in Van Buren.

According to police, they received a phone call shortly after 1:30 p.m. from the motel about an occupant who allegedly pointed a gun at motel employeess.

Van Buren police responded to the call and attempted to make contact with Brandenburg, police say. During the encounter, police say that Brandenburg reached for a gun, and a Van Buren Police officer fired his gun and hit Brandenburg.

Brandenburg was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, and still remains in the hospital. Charges against Brandenburg are pending at this time, police say.

According to police, no officers or motel employees were injured during the exchange.

ASP special agents from the criminal investigation division are handling the investigation. The investigative file, upon completion, will be turned over to the Crawford County prosecuting attorney, who will then make a determination as to whether the use of deadly force by the Van Buren Police officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.