A 41-year-old West Memphis, Ark., man armed with a firearm was wounded Thursday evening outside the Walker Street Grocery by police after he allegedly pointed at police officers and failed to comply to drop his weapon, Arkansas State Police said.
The incident took place just after 7:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Walker Street.
Witnesses told State Police special agents Nathaniel Lee Warren was involved in an altercation with another individual outside the grocery store. Warren was reportedly armed with a firearm which he allegedly pointed at the police officers.
When Warren failed to comply with the officer's order to drop the firearm, an officer shot him. The 41-year-old was taken to a Memphis, Tenn., area hospital in critical condition.
ASP special agents are investigating the incident and will present information to the Crittenden County prosecuting attorney to consider West Memphis Police officers' use of force.
The officers involved in the shooting have not been released and it is unclear if they are still on duty.