EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - El Dorado police officers shot and wounded a man while investigating an attack on a 28-year-old woman who later died, authorities said.
Capt. Kevin Holt said officers responded to a home Saturday night on reports that a woman had been injured. Police said that when they arrived, Rashad Morgan was inside carrying a small silver handgun. As officers moved to secure a perimeter around the house, Morgan reportedly left the house and pointed a handgun toward officers, Holt said. Police opened fire after Morgan ignored several commands to drop the weapon, Holt said.
Officers then went inside the home and found Lavecchia Dixon in a back room with multiple wounds. Dixon was taken to a local hospital then airlifted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where she later died, police said.
Morgan is in critical condition at an El Dorado hospital and faces charges of capital murder for Dixon’s death and four counts of aggravated assault, Holt said. Authorities did not know if Morgan had an attorney.
Holt told the El Dorado News Times (http://bit.ly/1fNzA9r ) that authorities are awaiting an official cause of death for Dixon.
“We’ll know more once they do an autopsy. Right now, we don’t know if they were gunshot wounds, stab wounds or both,” Holt said. “We’ll also know at that time what her injuries were - what she died of,” Holt said.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave during an internal investigation. Police haven’t released their names or said how many were involved in the shooting.
“We’re holding on to that information because we’re really not sure at this point,” Holt said. “But I can tell you there were six or seven officers on the scene when I arrived. Of course, we had more officers to come and secure the scene, inside and outside the residence,” Holt said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”
Information from: El Dorado News-Times, http://www.eldoradonews.com