An armed man barricaded himself inside a post office in North Little Rock on Friday, sparking a confrontation that resulted in a lockdown at a local high school. North Little Rock police shot and killed the man.
The individual, who was claimed to be wanted on outstanding warrants and to be under investigation for firing at a bail bondsman earlier this week, was not identified by police. When U.S. marshals attempted to arrest him, the man showed them his firearm before escaping into the post office, Chief Patrick Thessing told reporters.
No other persons were hurt, according to Thessing, and it was not known how many people were inside the post office. According to Thessing, police were able to immediately remove an unidentified number of persons from the post office, and the North Little Rock Police SWAT unit later safely removed another employee.
“This incident evolved rapidly and it ended with shots being fired by our officers,” Thessing, who did not take any questions from reporters, said. Officers attempted live-saving measures but the suspect died at the scene, Thessing said.
While the shooting is being investigated, the three involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, he said.
The incident happened as North Little Rock High School in the area started classes, and the school was momentarily put on lockdown. The post office, which is close to the North Little Rock police station, was surrounded by numerous police and fire trucks.