Miller County prosecuting attorney says no criminal charges for TAPD officer involved shooting

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TEXARKANA — The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney for the 8th South District says they will not file criminal charges in connection with a Texarkana Arkansas Police Department officer involved shooting.

According to a letter dated Aug. 31 via the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, prosecuting attorney Chuck Black examined the findings from an Arkansas State Police investigative file and physical evidence from the officer involved shooting of 37-year-old Don Allen Crowson on June 26, 2021, and determined that it was “abundantly clear” that the actions of the officer were justified under either or both subdivisions of the following statute in Arkansas law:

“A person is justified in using deadly physical force upon another person if the person reasonably believes that the other person is (1) Committing or about to commit a felony involving force or violence; or (2) Using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force.”

According to police, a deadly force review board was also convened in accordance with TAPD policy and found the officers involved acted within the guidelines of the agency’s use of force policy concurred with the state police’s findings.

The investigative file included statements from witnesses and officers involved along with video evidence from body cameras, the medical examiner’s report of autopsy findings and toxicology reports.

All officers involved in the incident will return to full duty, according to police.

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On June 26, TAPD officers responded to the 1100 block of Hickory Street in regard to a white male in the street acting erratic and screaming that he was going to kill someone, police say. When officers arrived to investigate, they were directed to an upstairs apartment in a multi-family, single residence in the 1000 block.

Police say that when officers arrived at the top of the staircase, they found the apartment door open and what sounded like a continuation of a disturbance inside the apartment.

According to police, they could see a white male — Crowson — who recognized them as officers and made statements as he stood up from his seated position and allegedly retrieved a large silver metal object and charged at officers, stating he was going to kill them.

Police say they gave Crowson verbal commands to stop and retreat as far as possible into the staircase and walkway. A TAPD officer fired multiple rounds and struck Crowson, who later died of his injuries. Officers did render aid to Crowson, according to police.