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State police: Clinton man shot at police before turning gun on self

State Police are investigating the death of a Clinton man who reportedly shot at police before turning the gun on himself Tuesday.

Devin Pearson, 24, was stopped by a state trooper at about 2 p.m. on U.S. 65 near Bee Branch, according to a press release from State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.

Pearson refused to comply with a request from the trooper to exit the vehicle and fled in the pick-up truck he was driving as the trooper attempted to open the driver’s door, Sadler said. The trooper was knocked to the ground but was not injured.

Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies and officers of the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force caught up with Pearson, who was driving southbound along U.S. 65 toward Damascus. During a short pursuit, Pearson reportedly fired a handgun at the officers who were closing-in on the truck. At least one deputy returned gunfire and struck Pearson’s truck, Sadler said.

Witnesses reported that as officers pulled up alongside the truck, Pearson used the gun to take his own life, Sadler said.

Pearson was taken to the Ozark Medical Center in Clinton where he was pronounced dead. Pearson’s body and evidence from the shooting scene have been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation, which will be submitted to Prosecutor Cody Hiland for review.

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