- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Three Faulkner County deputies have returned to work while a fourth was fired following a review to determine if they had used excessive force during two arrests in May, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Andy Shock said the three deputies had acted within the scope of the use of force policy. The sheriff’s office said they returned to “full duty” Wednesday after being placed on administrative leaving during the review.

The agency said the other deputy was fired July 10 after he had “engaged in gratuitous” kicking of one of the two suspects during the arrest.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Matt Rice said Thursday that the office is still working with federal authorities to determine whether any actions rose to the level of a federal civil-rights violation. The FBI has declined to comment.

The arrests happened after deputies stopped the two men’s car in Mayflower after monitoring them. Authorities say the men had pulled over but then fled. The pursuit reached speeds of around 125 mph, and authorities said one of the men had used a pistol to fire numerous gunshots at police. Bullets struck patrol vehicles, but not the officers.

Both suspects were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for what Shock said were scrapes and bruises.

Earlier this week, the sheriff’s office submitted its investigation of the arrests to Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland’s office.

Hiland said that the review would take a couple of weeks.

“The outcome of an administrative review will have no impact on the review of the criminal investigation,” he said Thursday.


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