FCSO: deputy in officer-involved shooting acted within rights

A deputy is back at work after the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office determined he did not break departmental policy when he shot off his firearm while responding to a call Sept. 22.

 

FCSO initiated an investigation following the officer-involved shooting and placed Deputy Kennan Wallace on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

On Sept. 28, Wallace returned to duty.

“After the internal investigation, it was founded that he did not break departmental policy,” spokesman Adam Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said investigators determined Wallace did not act outside of the sheriff’s office’s policies. As a precaution, however, he said the file was also sent over the the prosecutor’s office to determine if any criminal act had occurred at FCSO’s fault.

Prosecutors did not file charges against Wallace.

Bledsoe said it’s standard policy of the sheriff’s office to investigate any officer-involved shooting to determine whether all departmental policies were upheld.

On the night in question,Wallace was called out to a possible drug deal in the Taylor’s Made Cafe parking lot around 7 p.m.

Court documents state 33-year-old Joedee Lynn Bailey attempted to flee the parking lot when Wallace saw a glass pipe in Bailey’s lap.

Wallace had reached into the vehicle to grab the steering wheel when Bailey attempted to flee.

Bledsoe said Wallace fired one round during the struggle.

“Deputy Wallace was half way inside the vehicle attempting to gain his balance,” the affidavit reads. “In fear for his life, he grabbed his issued firearm and fired one round at center mass of the suspect. He was able to free [himself] and chased the vehicle on foot through the parking lot.”

The chase ended when Bailey drove into a parked vehicle near the front of the parking lot.

Bailey faces three Class D felonies — aggravated assault, fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia — following the Sept. 22 incident. He is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday for a plea and arraignment hearing.

 

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