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Ark. police officer charged in deadly shooting

Posted: April 21, 2010 - 7:04am

BELLA VISTA (AP) — A Bella Vista police officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in January has been charged with manslaughter.

Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone said Tuesday he's filing the charge against Coleman Brackney in the death of James Ahern.

Brackney shot Ahern six times on Jan. 20 after Ahern led the officer on a high speed chase.

Brackney has said he fired the first five shots because he thought Ahern was trying to attack him with his car — then fired a sixth shot from behind the car when the car's back-up lights came on.

Prosecutors say Brackney's dash camera video shows the car's reverse lights did not come on.

Brackney was fired Tuesday after being on paid leave since the shooting.

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SimplyAmazing
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SimplyAmazing 04/21/10 - 08:14 am
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Not seeing a Problem...

6 shots, 6 hits, 1 less criminal for tax payers to support. Not seeing a problem...

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Faulkner 04/21/10 - 09:30 am
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"After a high speed chase" .

"After a high speed chase" . . . all the guy had to do was stop when the blue lights came on. Why does that seem to be so hard for some folks to understand?

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bullfrog 04/21/10 - 09:31 am
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You are right SimplyAmazing
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The problem is solved. One more rogue cop is out of uniform and will most likely be behind bars. Oh, and the taxpayers will pay for him to be there.
I'm curious how you know that Mr. Ahern was struck by all of the six bullets fired. Nothing was mentioned in the article about how many times he was hit.

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i_wonder 04/21/10 - 11:13 am
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how to determine he was shot six times
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The third sentence starts with "Brackney shot Ahern six times"

bullfrog
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bullfrog 04/21/10 - 12:08 pm
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Shot six times
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I missed that. Sorry. My apologies to SimplyAmazing.
He may be a terrible police officer but he's a darn good shot.

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Five-O 04/21/10 - 02:24 pm
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It is easy to arm chair

It is easy to arm chair quaterback. It is tough when put in that situation. You can watch a video a hundred times and find a hundred different things on it. I am definately not saying that the officer is innocent. But who is to say the sixth shot was the one that killed him. That's an attorney question.

Just pull over, say yes sir or yes maam, do what you are told and you probably will not get beat up or shot. There are some bad cops out there. Don't do something to provoke them i.e. trying to run them down with your car. If you have a problem with the way something transpired, go to court or make written complaints. The roadside is not the place to make an arguement.

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i_wonder 04/21/10 - 03:07 pm
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the sixth shot
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The medical examiner determined the sixth shot was the fatal one. But agreed five-o, I suppose any wound could be fatal if too much time elapses.

http://www.kfsm.com/kfsm-news-bv-shooting-brackney-charges,0,7078260.story

I know six shots seems dramatic, but I've unfortunately seen the other side of the scenario too, suspects that won't go down after one, two, three, four shots.
I've seen the officer Dinkheller video and I wish I never did. Police work is dangerous business, and this is coming from an ordinary citizen.

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Five-O 04/21/10 - 03:39 pm
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Thanks for the link. I would

iwonder: Thanks for the link. I would like to view the video.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 04/21/10 - 05:01 pm
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which video?
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are you talking about?

Five-O
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Five-O 04/21/10 - 06:12 pm
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the one in Bella Vista

the one in Bella Vista.

Ive viewed the other one several months ago. It was horrific.

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