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Police Fatally Shot a 17-Year-Old in Arkansas

12 January 2018

Following the spread of "misinformation" on social media, an Arkansas police department released dashcam footage on Wednesday showing an armed teen killed by officers after he discharged a weapon.

The mood changes as officers notice Smith becoming fidgety.

"I fear that misinformation gets out that says the subject wasn't armed, that the subject didn't shoot", Davis said, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "I want our young people to feel comfortable as well and not be fearful", Davis said, according to KATV.

He said officers stopped a vehicle early Sunday that was traveling at an "excessive speed" and had a broken headlight.

While police said that they found a small bag of marijuana and a gun on Smith during a pat-down, the pat-down was not shown on the dash-cam video. Police were reportedly patting down Charles and others in the auto when they said they spotted a gun.

"I$3 ain't gonna find nothing else in here, right?" the officer says on video.

Davis said that Smith tried to "gain control" of the gun during the pat-down and tried to run.

Smith then pointed the handgun at the officers while on the ground, fired it, and prepared to fire it once more when officers opened fire, killing Smith, according to the video.

"I can't go to jail", Smith said.

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"Get your (expletive) hand out", an officer told Smith. "It's a f*king gun".

Smith had been a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle officers pulled over for speeding in North Little Rock around 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

The three officers dogpile on Smith, attempting to subdue him when one of the officers suddenly yells, "It's a f***ing gun!"

"(Smith) is then observed engaging the slide back on the gun and again firing at officers, nearly striking one officer in the face", Chief Smith said in the news conference.

The five-minute video from a patrol car's dashboard camera released Wednesday shows Charles Smith pulling out a gun and firing at officers.

The incident is being investigated.

He added that an investigation into the shooting should be completed "very soon". He said the names of the officers included could be discharged after an arrangement is set up to ensure them, since the organization has gotten dangers. Prosecutors will determine if the use of deadly force was necessary.

Davis said the family and their attorney saw the footage before it was released to the public.

The 1 AM traffic stop started off casual.

Police Fatally Shot a 17-Year-Old in Arkansas