Arkansas State Police investigating officer-involved shooting of 74-year-old

Van Buren police arrived at the motel at 3107 Alma Highway after a man was reportedly pointing a gun at motel employees.

VAN BUREN, Ark. — According to the Arkansas State Police, an officer-involved shooting took place Tuesday, July 14 at the Travelers Inn in Van Buren when Lawrence Brandenburg was shot while allegedly reaching for a gun as police entered a motel room.

Van Buren police arrived at the motel at 3107 Alma Highway after a man was reportedly pointing a gun at motel employees.

The man was later identified as 74-year-old Brandenburg of Van Buren.

When Van Buren police officers attempted to make contact with Brandenburg, Arkansas State Police stated he had “reached for a hand gun and a VBPD officer fired his weapon, striking Brandenburg.”

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Brandenburg was transported to a nearby hospital where police said he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

There were no other reported injuries, according to police.

“The investigative file, once completed, will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws,” ASP said in a statement.

State police also stated that charges against Brandenburg are pending.

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