Officer-Involved Shooting In Gravette; Three Officers Placed On Admin Leave

GRAVETTE, Ark.  (KFSM) -- An officer-involved shooting happened near Second Avenue Southeast in Gravette on Saturday (Jan. 20), according to Benton County Sheriff's Sergeant Shannon Jenkins.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies, Gravette and Sulphur Springs Police Officers all responded to a disturbance call.  The initial call came in to Benton County authorities at 3:41 p.m. When officers arrived at 407 Second Ave. S.E. the incident had escalated to a domestic disturbance.

After arriving on scene, police found Hughes pointing a rifle ready to fire at an officer, according to the probable cause affidavit. The officer asked Hughes to put down the weapon, but he refused.

The affidavit states that Hughes told officers "if you come any closer I'll shoot you."

Police said he yelled four times that he would shoot police if they came any closer. According to the affidavit, his words were heavily slurred.

The affidavit states that Hughes told police, "don't you surround me." He then attempted to enter the house with his wife and two children inside the residence.

The affidavit states that his wife and kids did not comply with orders to evacuate.

After Hughes attempted to kick the door down, shots were fired. Hughes was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Three officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of a State Police investigation, according to Gravette police.

A local business in the area told 5NEWS that police activity had been going since early afternoon behind the Arvest Bank.

Linwood was being held Tuesday (Jan. 24) at the Benton County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He has a hearing set for Feb. 26 in Benton County Circuit Court.