Aries Clark was the 16 year old boy shot by police in front of a Marion, Arkansas homeless shelter Tuesday. He died in a hospital shortly after being shot by Marion police officers.
The incident happened at the East Arkansas Youth Services building shortly after 8 p.m. when police responded to a call from the emergency shelter, but they have not said why they were originally called. Shots were fired almost immediately after police arrived, reported Fox 13 Memphis.
The facility director confirmed that Aries had previously received services from the facility, but said he wasn’t a current resident, although outlets report that Aries was considered a runaway.
Officials have not confirmed whether or not he was armed, but his cousin Chris Clark told reporters that “he held a BB gun in the air, and they just took him down on sight.” The police will not say what led them to open fire on a 16-year-old.
Madelyn Keith, executive director and CEO of the nonprofit home for delinquent and at-risk youths, said in a Facebook post that no one in the facility was harmed and that its managers and staff have cooperated with investigators.
The Arkansas State Police are handling the investigation into the shooting and said they will hand the results of their investigation over to state prosecutors. Prosecutors will take the findings and determine whether they will file charges against the two officers involved in the death, who are now on paid administrative leave.
The names of the officers that shot the 16 year old have not been released.
(Article By James Carter)