Wanted Felon Hospitalized After Officer-Involved Shooting In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- One man was taken to the hospital Wednesday (Jan. 3) night following an officer-involved shooting, according to Cpl. Anthony Rice with the Fort Smith Police Department.

The shooting happened at about 7 p.m. at a convenience store at 1116 Grand Avenue.

Rice said police were told a man they were trying to take into custody for a felony warrant would be at the convenience store Wednesday night. Matthew Pittman, 19, was wanted for aggravated assault involving a firearm for a shooting about a week ago, Lt. Daniel Grubbs said.

Police released this picture of Pittman from a previous arrest.

Once officers arrived, Pittman started ramming his car into patrol vehicles and other cars, Rice said.

Rice said Pittman tried to run over an officer and officers then fired shots at Pittman, hitting him several times. Officers fired several shots at Pittman because of the danger of the situation, Rice said.

Police told 5NEWS that Pittman did have a revolver in his waistband.

Pittman was taken to a local hospital and released on Thursday (Jan. 4), Rice said. He was charged with terroristic act and three counts of aggravated assault. He pleaded not guilty on Jan. 24, according to attorney Bill Griggs.

The officers have been put on administrative leave pending the investigation.