A Pine Bluff teenager will be charged as an adult for attempting to kill three police officers during a Tuesday shootout.
Nakia Broyles, 16, was arrested after he allegedly shot at Pine Bluff Police officers in front of a house in the 2800 block of West 27th Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Broyles will be 17 in September.
State Police Special Agent Houston Talley said in a probable cause affidavit that Broyles fled behind a house and officers lost sight of him for a brief period of time before he was taken into custody. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered, along with a jacket and hat. The items were consistent with what the shooting suspect was wearing when Broyles was arrested.
Because the incident involved Pine Bluff Police officers, the State Police were contacted to investigate it.
The affidavit said that officers were in the area in an attempt to locate a suspicious person who was reportedly looking into vehicles and following individuals out of a store. That store was not identified in the affidavit.
The officers were given a description of the suspect and told he might possibly be armed. While patrolling the area of West 27th Avenue and Holly Street, they located a person who matched the description of the suspect.
Talley reported that when the officers located the suspect, later identified as Broyles, they stopped their patrol unit in the middle of the roadway, identified themselves as police officers and attempted to make contact.
At that time, Broyles reportedly pulled a semi-automatic handgun from the waistband of his pants, and the officers gave him a verbal command “don’t do it.” Broyles ignored all the instructions the officers were given, pointed the gun at the officers and began firing with shots, hitting the patrol unit, the affidavit said.
The officers re-positioned the vehicle and returned fire, exited the vehicle and approached Broyles, who fled on foot.
The affidavit did not identify the officers who were involved in the incident. Per department policy, they were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of not only the criminal investigation but also an internal investigation to determine if department policy was violated.
On Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $500,000 bond for Broyles after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with three counts of attempted capital murder.