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Family of suspect in police-involved shooting releases statement

Attorney responds to inquiries on well-being

Posted: March 5, 2013 - 5:40pm

A family friend and attorney fielding questions for the family of a man shot by police outside of a Conway apartment complex Sunday said Tuesday afternoon the family is busy coping with the tragedy and their loved ones' recovery.

Attorney Charles Schlumberger said he was contacted by family members of John Raines IV Tuesday morning and has no details on Raines’ current condition, but would release the information as it becomes available.

Raines, 21, sustained multiple gunshot wounds when he was shot by police outside of Plaza Pointe Apartments Sunday afternoon when Raines reportedly lunged at a Conway police officer following an alleged altercation with a roommate and stabbing inside their ground-floor apartment.

Raines was transported for treatment via air ambulance to an undisclosed hospital in Little Rock.

His roommate, Nathan Dodson, 28, sustained a superficial wound and refused treatment at the scene.

“Unfortunately, I just really don’t have anything right now to share except that this is a tragic event for the family and right now, their main focus is on John’s recovery,” Schlumberger said.

He added that the family also wished to convey that they are not ignoring inquiries about their son’s condition, only that the situation is “very serious” and they are “totally focused” on Raines’ wellbeing.

“They are very thankful for all of the prayers, calls and offerings of support,” Schlumberger said.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by phone at 501-505-1277. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net.)

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krazee_chik2004@yahoo.com
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krazee_chik2004@yahoo.com 03/05/13 - 07:00 pm
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Healing & Perserverance

John we are all praying for your full recovery! As well as strength &understanding for your family. HANG IN THERE! Your strong.

Oilman
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Oilman 03/06/13 - 08:23 am
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More trainning-less force

What happened to less lethal-bean bag guns, K-9, batans or rubber bullets? Sure was a lot of shots fired going into others apartments etc. CPD should be glad this was not much worse with bystanders shot.

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erin_beth 03/06/13 - 09:17 am
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It costs (a lot of) money to

It costs (a lot of) money to provide bean-bag guns and guns with rubber bullets for all officers, or even a percentage of the officers. It also is very expensive to obtain a K-9 and train handlers.

I am almost certain that the officers would have rather used those measures, however, you can not use what you do not have.

reader
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reader 03/06/13 - 09:34 am
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Agreed Erin

the officers can only carry and maintain so much equipment at a time. I feel sure if they had the option for a less deadly force they would have used it. Many other articles in the LCD have shown they are capable of doing so when they can, but like I have said on the many threads here about this same story, if you charge an LEO with a knife, you are attacking with deadly force, and you will be met with deadly force. This guy is lucky to be alive.

Unfortunately the LEOs do not get to choose where they are forced to use deadly force. The offender, was in an apartment building and the LEOs are trained to defend themselves and the public.

Anyone who does not know charging an LEO with a knife will get you shot, must live under a rock, or have an anger management problem they cannot control. It sounds almost like he wanted to commit "suicide by cop" so to speak.

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DJB1971 03/06/13 - 10:01 am
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I second that...

...Reader is correct. For all their faults (believe it or not, the officers of the CPD are human just like the rest of us), there have been numerous reports in the LCD of CPD officers using less than lethal means.

In this particular case, the CPD first used a taser, but the suspect still attempted to charge them with a knife.

I'm certain all involved wish things could have gone differently. Unfortunately, the suspect put the officers in a position that forced them to react quickly and decisively.

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reader 03/06/13 - 10:09 am
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True that

DJB. Law enforcement officers have a right to defend themselves too. Everyone wishes it didn't turn out this way, but the offender seems to have been the cause of all of it. If I charge a police officer with a deadly weapon, I expect he will shoot and / or kill me. That has been the way it is since long before I came around in this world.

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Reaganesque 03/06/13 - 10:13 am
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Well...............

Every move you make, every step you take, they'll be watching you!!!!

reader
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reader 03/06/13 - 10:18 am
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Well . . . . . . . . .

Did the nurse forget to use the Boudreaux Butt Paste again. Darn it just makes you fussier and fussier.

Reaganesque
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Reaganesque 03/06/13 - 10:21 am
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Well.................

Not fussy at all read. I deal with nuts on a daily basis. You are weak............

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reader 03/06/13 - 10:27 am
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Well . . . . . . . . .

something, something, something, read, something, something, reagan, something, something, dark side. Maybe its shift change and the nurses are waiting to make the new nurses on the next shift change your diaper. You just get so fussy when its full. My my.

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