UAMS officer shoots man who attempted to drive away from scene, police say

A UAMS officer reportedly shot at a moving vehicle after a man was trying drive away from the scene in an alleged stolen truck.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A 39-year-old Little Rock man has been critically wounded Thursday morning after a University of Arkansas Medical Sciences police officer shot at him while he was attempting to drive away.

According to the Arkansas State Police, Tyrone Dante Washington was approached by two UAMS officers around 2:45 a.m. while he was sitting in the driver side of an allegedly stolen truck.

Police say the officer blocked the truck from leaving the campus and when Washington was asked to turn off the truck, he refused.

The officer then reached inside the truck to “gain access to the vehicle ignition switch.”

Washington then reportedly tried to leave the scene and drove the truck a short distance while the officer’s arm was still inside the cab before falling from the moving vehicle.

The second UAMS officer then fired at the moving vehicle, hitting Washington.

The release from state police said Washington was immediately treated for critical injuries. The hospital could not elaborate on his condition because of the nature of the incident.

The officer who fell from the truck was treated for minor cuts and scrapes.

A spokesperson for hospital said the identities of the officers would likely be announced Friday afternoon. The one who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave.

The UAMS police department has 32 commissioned officers and about a dozen security guards. Arkansas State Police detectives will handle the investigation and turn over findings to local prosecutors to determine if the shooting was justified.

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.