Sgt. Marcus Daniels, a 13-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police, was been identified as the Arkansas State Trooper who shot Aloysius Keaton on Saturday night, only seconds after Keaton stabbed an Arkansas Highway Police Officer while fleeing from police.
The shooting incident occurred outside a convenience store at Roosevelt Road and the I-30 westbound access ramp in Little Rock.
Keaton was wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery (carjacking) that had occurred minutes earlier in southwest Little Rock.
After Keaton stabbed the highway police officer, still brandishing the weapon, he moved toward Sgt. Daniels who fired an electronic control device (Taser) in an attempt to stop Keaton. The ECD was ineffective, leading Sgt. Daniels to order Keaton to stop and drop the weapon. Keaton failed to comply with the order and charged toward the trooper leading Sergeant Daniels to shoot Keaton with a handgun.
Keaton was pronounced dead at a Little Rock hospital.
Daniels, a post superior for the ASP’s Highway Patrol Division Troop A, remains on paid administrative leave while an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer continues.
The investigative case file will be reviewed by the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney who will decide whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas law.
The shooting took place about 7:08 p.m. Saturday.
Keaton was wanted in connection with the carjacking of a taxicab on 7620 Baseline Road only minutes prior to being approached by Daniels and the highway police officer near Roosevelt and Interstate 30 in south Little Rock.
Keaton had abandoned the taxicab after losing control of the vehicle while exiting I-30 onto Roosevelt Road and crashed into another vehicle.
Area law enforcement agencies and officers on patrol had been alerted in a message from Little Rock Police about the carjacking. Daniels had spotted the stolen taxicab and approached Keaton who fled on foot a short distance where he encountered the highway police officer who attempted to arrest Keaton.
State Police did not say what kind of weapon Keaton used, but there were independent reports that it may have been a screwdriver.
Emergency medical personnel transported both the Highway Police officer and Keaton from the scene.
The officer had sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated, then released.
Video taken by civilians shortly after the incident was posted and widely distributed on social media.