Chief Henson survives shooting, suspect shot and killed

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Authorities of the Trumann Police Department have asked for the assistance of the Arkansas State Police in the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday, Aug. 3.

According to the Arkansas State Police, Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson was contacted about 10 a.m. by an individual identified as Johnny Kelley, 49, who resides near Trumann.

According to an initial statement provided to state police special agents, Chief Henson was asked to come by Kelley's residence. Once there, Chief Henson approached the door of the residence, and Kelley fired at Henson with a gun.

Chief Henson, who was wearing a vest, survived the shot and returned fire, killing Kelley. Henson was taken to a Memphis hospital and later that day released in stable condition.

Kelley's body is being submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

The investigation being prepared by the state police will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by the chief was consistent with Arkansas law.

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