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Arkansas State Police logoUPDATE:Police today, Friday have identified a 16 year-old boy as the person shot by police Wednesday night.Authorities will not release the identity of the Juvenile.Investigation into the officer shooting is ongoing.
Pine Bluff, Ark. — Arkansas State Police are continuing investigation in the shooting by a police officer of a young man who is currently hospitalized.
At approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday night, March 23, a young man initially identified as Deontae Garrett, 19, surrendered to Pine Bluff Police Officers.
Garrett was wanted on multiple felony warrants originating in Cleveland County.
Pine Bluff policeEarlier Wednesday Pine Bluff Police had identified Deontae Garrett as the individual who was shot by a local officer outside 5701 Womack St.
Later State Police determined the person shot was not Garrett, but was apparently a juvenile, not yet identified.
Following the shooting, Kyle Hunter, 11th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, had requested special agents of the Arkansas State Police to conduct an investigation of the officer involved shooting.
When State Police agents arrived at the Womack Street address, the wounded individual had already been transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff and was about to undergo surgery.
Pine Bluff Police Department personnel stated one of their officers arrived at the residence about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to serve an arrest warrant. The warrant was to be served on Deontae Garrett, wanted for kidnapping, residential burglary and theft.
As the Pine Bluff Police Officer approached the house, a young man armed with a pistol left the residence. The officer reportedly ordered the individual to drop the gun, and according to initial statements the individual subsequently pointed the gun at the officer, who then shot the person.
State Police special agents now suspect the wounded individual is likely a juvenile who has not been positively identified. The wounded juvenile was initially reported to be in critical condition and Thursday morning was reported to be in stable condition.
The State Police investigation will be used by Prosecutor Hunter in determining whether use of deadly force by a police officer was consistent with Arkansas law and whether any criminal charges may be warranted against the person who met police with a gun outside the home.

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