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Arkansas night hunter shot and killed after he strikes trooper with vehicle

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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:06 pm

Lawmen shot and killed an Elaine resident on Friday night after his truck struck an Arkansas State Trooper.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident in Phillips County.

Darryl Vance Parker, 50, was shot by state wildlife officers after Parker used his truck to hit Arkansas State Trooper Jason Martin.

Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Martin is recovering at a Memphis hospital and is reported to be in stable condition from non-life threatening injuries.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

About 10:30 p.m. Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officers along with Martin attempted to stop Parker along Phillips County Road 350 west of Barton. Parker was being stopped on suspicion that he had been night hunting. Parker fled from officers and drove into a wheat field where his truck began to slow as the result of thick mud across the field.

Martin moved-in on foot to approach Parker’s vehicle. Parker moved the truck and struck Trooper Martin who was knocked to the ground, but made his way back to the driver’s door in an attempt to take Parker into custody.

Parker again used the truck to hit Trooper Martin who was knocked down as wildlife officers fired their weapons on the cab of the truck striking Parker.

Upon completion of the investigation, the State Police will submit the case file to local prosecuting attorneys for review.

“Our officers are highly trained and experienced individuals. In this case, the officers’ training paid off and they were able to deal with a very dangerous situation. It appears that these wildlife officers followed our policies and procedures, including the use of deadly force,” said Keith Stephens, public information coordinator for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Stephens said names of the officers involved will be released Sunday.

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