Family of suspect in police-involved shooting releases statement

Attorney responds to inquiries on well-being

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

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