JUNE 23, 2021
An overnight traffic stop by a Lonoke County sheriff’s deputy ended in a shooting incident that left a teenager dead. The incident occurred outside a local auto repair shop about 3 AM today south of Cabot along Arkansas Highway 89.
Hunter Brittain, 17, of McRae, the driver of a truck stopped by the deputy, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to a North Little Rock hospital where he later died.
Special Agents assigned to the state police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation at the request of the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department.
The circumstances of the traffic stop and what may have led up to the deputy firing his gun at Britain will be documented in the investigation. The investigative file upon completion will be turned-over to the Lonoke County prosecuting attorney to decide whether facts and evidence in the case are consistent or not with Arkansas laws related to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.
Questions related to the identity of the deputy or his current administrative status should be directed to the Lonoke County sheriff.