LITTLE ROCK, AR – A burglary suspect was shot and killed by a Little Rock detective Friday morning after police say the suspect fought with the detective and tried to grab his gun.
"We can get called to anything at anytime and there is a certain unpredictability there. You just have to look at your situation and you have to take stock of yourself and move forward. You can't overreact," said Chief Stuart Thomas.
Little Rock police say the incident started when detectives were dispatched to investigate a call where a home was broken into and the suspects had returned to remove property from it.
Detectives searched the area and found the burglary around 9:40am at a duplex located at 4521 W. 16th Street. Police say the detectives found a man loading items taken from the home into a gray Toyota Camry being driving by a second person.
Police say detectives followed the Camry while they requested help from a marked police car. Prior to the marked unit arriving, the Camry stopped just west of 1418 S. Brown Street and the suspects got out of the car and ran.
Detectives gave chase. According to police, one suspect feigned surrendering, then charged at the detective. During the ensuing fight, the detective was thrown to the ground. Police say the suspect “attempted to take control” of the detectives handgun. A second detective pursing the suspects saw this and shot the suspect.
Michael W. Daniel, Jr., 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect, Marcus Davis, 26, was arrested without incident by police officers in the area. Davis is charged with capital murder, burglary, theft, and fleeing.
Police say two investigations will be conducted into this incident. The first will be done by LRPD’s Major Crimes Division, who will submit their work to the prosecuting attorney’s office for review and determination of compliance with Arkansas law. The second will be done by LRPD’s Department of Professional Standards, who will determine if the detectives acted within LRPD’s policies.
Per policy, both detectives were placed on administrative leave.