TAPD identifies man fatally shot by officer


TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KSHV) – Police have identified the man fatally shot by a Texarkana, Arkansas police officer Saturday.

Police say 37-year-old Don Crowson threatened to kill the officer, prompting the officer to draw his service weapon and open fire.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, according to TAPD. A call came in reporting a possible disturbance in the 1100 block of Hickory Street. The caller told the dispatcher that an individual had been pacing in the street yelling that he was going to kill someone and was jumping up and down on a fence.

The caller indicated the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers arrived on the scene and contacted the individual inside an apartment in a multi family residence in the 1000 block of Hickory Street.

When officers made contact, a male charged the officers with an object yelling that he was going to kill them. That was when one of the officers fired, striking the suspect.

We spoke to neighbors on Monday afternoon and they paint a different picture, saying the landlord was able to calm Crowson down before police arrived.

That same neighbor told us that Crowson actually came to their door, but it was later when they heard gunshots.

“The got that got had come up to my door and knocked. I said just said Don I don’t feel like this crap. It’s too late tonight you know and he left. Next thing you know I hear him going up and down the stairs hollering. Hollering – you hear a bunch of hollering going on outside. All of a sudden you hear a bunch of- up in the upstairs… “Drop it. Don’t come any closer” *Bam Bam Bam*,” said Kenneth Flint, the neighbor.

TAPD says officers rendered aid until Life-net arrived on the scene. Crowson was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers involved were not injured.

The officer has not been identified, but TAPD says they have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an Arkansas State Police investigation and review by the 8th South Prosecuting Attorney.

TAPD says the officers’ encounter with Crowson was recorded by body-worn cameras in use at the time of the incident and are subject to review by all investigating entities, and the police department says it will release a copy of the video when approved by counsel.

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