- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

MOUNTAIN PINE, Ark. (AP) - The chief of the Mountain Pine Police Department has returned to work after being wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a parolee in January.

The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1pwi9H0 ) reports that police chief Chad King returned to work Monday. He was placed on paid administrative leave following the Jan. 27 incident.

Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Harris concluded last week that King’s use of deadly force against 52-year-old parolee Scott Scanlon of Hot Springs was justified. Scanlon, who shot King three times in leg and hip area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“For a long time when I closed my eyes, it was an instant replay in my mind,” King said. “It’s a job we all have to do. You really want to stay focused and put it in a spot in the back of your mind. You have to accept it. It’s just something you have to do.”

King has taken physical therapy sessions, and doctors are monitoring him to make sure there’s no nerve damage. He now walks with the assistance of a walker or cane.

“My neighbors would come by and see me every day,” King said about his recovery time. “They would want positive things for me and would walk with me down to the creek. No matter how long it took me to walk with my walker down to the creek, they’d keep talking to me.”

He returned to work in his City Hall office, but is waiting on a doctor’s approval to go on patrol again.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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