Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories selected by the staff of The Commercial as the Top 10 local news stories of 2011.
Editorís Note: This is the first in a series of stories selected by the staff of The Commercial as the Top 10 local news stories of 2011.
The shooting of a Pine Bluff man by a police officer after the two exchanged shots at a house in the Dollarway area was selected as the number 10 story of 2011.
Timothy Reed, 20, was killed after police Sgt. Kelven Hadley and other officers had gone to 32 N. Richard Drive on Jan. 22 to investigate an alleged robbery that had taken place earlier in the day.
Three men were inside the house and police persuaded two of them to come outside and talk, while the third, Reed, stood in the doorway of the residence.
Police said Reed pulled a handgun from under his shirt and pointed it at Hadley and after seeing the gun, Hadley pulled out his own weapon before the two exchanged gunshots.
Hadley sustained injuries to his left hand. He was shot in the chest but his bullet proof vest absorbed the impact of that bullet.
After the exchange of gunfire, Reed went back into the house and police negotiators tried for more than an hour to get him to come out before the department SWAT team put tear gas into the house, entered, and found Reed dead with a handgun beside him.
The other two men who were inside the house were questioned about the alleged robbery and released.
On Jan. 31, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter ruled that Hadley acted in self defense and ruled the shooting was justified, saying no charges would be filed against Hadley.
At the time of the shooting, Reed was on probation having pleaded guilty to charges of residential burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief on Aug. 30, 2010.
After the shooting, Hadley was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the police departmentís Office of Professional Standards, which indicated that Hadleyís use of his weapon did not violate any department policy.
After being off for several months because of his injuries, Hadley returned to full duty. He was promoted to lieutenant late this year and is a shift commander on the night shift in the departmentís Patrol Division.