WARREN — Warren Police Sgt. Robbie Ashcraft has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of a State Police investigation into a Thursday night shooting in which a robbery suspect was shot when he “broke free” while officers were attempting to handcuff him.
State Police issued a news release Friday saying that Ashcraft and patrol officer Aaron Hines approached a local business known as Abraham’s Shop, where the 29-year-old robbery suspect, Davadrin Goffin, was believed to be located.
The Warren police officers witnessed Goffin outside the shop and approached the suspect. While attempting to handcuff Goffin, the suspect broke-free and was shot by one of the officers, according to the news release.
While the news release did not indicate which officer fired the shot, Warren Police Chief Randy Peek said Ashcraft had been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the State Police investigation, in accordance with Warren Police Department policy.
Goffin was transported to a local hospital before being transferred to Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff later the same evening.
Goffin was wanted by police in connection with an Aug. 29 warrant for aggravated robbery. Goffin had also been identified as a suspect in the theft of two guns earlier Thursday afternoon, according to the news release.
An investigation of the shooting incident is continuing and will be submitted for review to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen.