The grounds outside of Plaza Pointe Apartments on Market Plaza Drive were quiet Monday morning and managers were not on the premises following Sunday’s shooting incident outside of building 1 at the complex, where an alleged knife-wielding assailant was tased and then shot by police after refusing to comply with demands to drop the knife before charging an officer.
Police were dispatched to the complex around 1:50 p.m. after receiving a 9-1-1 call from Nathan Dodson, 28, who reported he had barricaded himself inside of a closet in the apartment he shared with John M. Raines IV, 21, after Raines suddenly attacked him, cutting him with a knife.
When police arrived at the complex, they found Raines, with a knife in his hand, exiting the ground-floor apartment.
Officials said Raines was commanded multiple times to put his knife down and was tased when he refused.
Raines then reportedly charged police officer Rachel Hanson with the knife.
Police said three other officers fired multiple rounds on Raines, who was transported via air ambulance to a Little Rock hospital.
Raines’ condition and location is currently unknown.
Patient information read by MEMS over police radio Sunday indicated that Raines was shot four times in the upper back and in the arms.
First responders described a “sucking chest wound.”
Dodson received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Bullet holes can be seen in the windows and walls of two ground-level apartments at the building stairwell where police encountered Raines. Two bullets entered the front-facing window of a neighboring apartment, only feet away from where the tenant was sitting in a chair.
On Monday, no one answered the door at Dodson and Raines’ residence.
Two tenants in a neighboring upstairs apartment said they were not home when the incident occurred, but were concerned for their 4-year-old son, who was inside of the home with a babysitter and reportedly heard the gunshots.
Another neighbor said she arrived at the scene after returning home from church.
Tenants were not allowed back in to building 1 until the scene had been processed by investigators.
Neighbors described Raines as “quiet” and said they had never encountered him, or any of the apartment’s other tenants.
One neighbor reported a possible third party, a female, inside of the home at the time of the stabbing incident.
On Monday, Woodruff said the the department is confident its officers followed procedure in Sunday’s incident.
Though officer Hanson was never under Raines’ control, Woodruff said her life was in “imminent danger.”
Woodruff said Hanson was standing in close proximity to Raines when he lunged at her following her deployment of the taser.
“He could have made contact. Our officers are supposed to do what they can to alleviate the threat,” Woodruff said.
Following an investigation into the incident, the department’s administrative inquiry will be turned over to prosecutors, who will review the actions of everyone at the scene and then decide who, if anyone, is to be charged in the incident.
Details on the number of shots fired by officers and the type of knife allegedly used in the attack were unavailable Monday afternoon. CPD officials also could not confirm whether any conversation took place between Raines and officers prior to the shooting.
According to court documents, a state’s mental evaluation stemming from 2010 charges of second-degree battery, possession of a controlled counterfeit substance, public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Pulaski County indicates Raines has a prior diagnosis of schizophrenia and a history of hallucinogen abuse, Cannabis dependence and alcohol abuse.
In Feb. 2010, Raines was admitted to a hospital for “drug-induced psychosis” and was prescribed multiple anti-psychotics.
The report also indicates Raines received a week of treatment in a hospital in 2009 for “psychotic delusions.”
Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary released a statement Monday afternoon expressing his confidence in the actions of the officers involved.
“Our investigation shows that statements from witnesses and from our officers involved in the incident at Plaza Pointe Apartments corroborate each other,” Gary said. “At this time, we are certain that our officers acted according to procedure in the matter.”
Gary said the department’s thoughts and prayers go out to Raines and his family, as well as to the officers who were involved in the incident.
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