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Charles Smith Jr, 17
North Little Rock, Arkansas
January 07, 2018

Agencies: North Little Rock Police Department Arkansas

Last updated: 7 months ago

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North Little Rock police fatally shot 17-year-old Charles Smith, Jr after he fired at officers during a traffic stop early Sunday, the department reported.

Police said the shooting occurred after officers stopped a vehicle about 1 a.m. at West 52nd Street and Camp Robinson Road. Officers found three people, including Charles Smith Junior, in the vehicle. Officers searched Smith, Jr. and found he was carrying a gun, according to police.

"A struggle then ensued between officers and the suspect," the department said in a news release. "During the struggle the suspect fired at least one shot at the officers which resulted in the officers firing shots at the suspect."

Officers provided medical treatment to the boy after the shooting, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators recovered the handgun the boy had been carrying, according to police.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, in accordance with department policy.