Judsonia man killed after standoff with state police


LITTLE ROCK — A Judsonia man was shot and killed by state police SWAT officers early Tuesday after a four-hour standoff with state and local officers, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

Charles Adrien Martin, 40, who lived in a subdivision off Arkansas 367 North, was shot by officers after he shot and disabled a state police robot that was sent into his residence about 1 a.m. Martin then opened fire on SWAT officers outside his home, Sadler said in a news release.

Martin was pronounced dead at a White County hospital a short time later.

Sadler said the incident is under review by the State Police Office of Professional Standards.

Special agents of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting and will submit an investigative file to the White County prosecutor for purposes of determining if the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers in the incident was consistent with applicable state law, Sadler said.

Judsonia police were called to the subdivision about 8 p.m. Monday after residents reported that a man who lived in the area was making threats to neighbors.

Unable to make contact with Martin, a local officer drove to a nearby house along the same street and was talking to the resident when Martin walked out of his home and fired a gun at the officer, Sadler said.

As additional police and sheriffs deputies arrived, Martin refused to come out of his home. State police then were called for assistance.

After several failed attempts to get Martin to communicate with officers, a state police robot was sent into Martin’s yard and was able to gain entry into the home through the front door.

Martin opened fire on the robot, disabling the device, then directed gunfire toward the state police SWAT officers who had taken cover behind an armored truck, Sadler said.