The Latest: Family was seeking help for teen, mom says
Jul. 27, 2017
MARION, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Arkansas teenager outside of a youth shelter (all times local):
The mother of a teenager shot to death by police outside a youth shelter in eastern Arkansas says the family had been trying to get help for her son because he was being disruptive.
Vicky Clark's son, 16-year-old Aries Clark, was fatally shot Tuesday night at an emergency shelter for youth in Marion, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. Vicky Clark tells Memphis television station WMC that family members were working on finding therapy options for her son, who was a student at West Memphis High School.
Police have released no details about what led to the fatal shooting or why officers were called to the shelter in the first place.
Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that no officers were hurt but that his department will not release any details while an investigation into the shooting is underway.
Authorities are offering few details about what led to a 16-year-old boy being shot and killed by police outside an eastern Arkansas emergency shelter for juveniles.
Aries Clark was shot Tuesday and died a day later after the incident outside East Arkansas Youth Services in Marion. Officers opened fire shortly after arriving at the facility about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. No one has said why police were called or what happened in the moments before the shooting.
Memphis and Little Rock media reported that two Marion police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation moves forward. The department hasn't named them.
The shelter's operator says no one in the facility was harmed and that its employees are cooperating with investigators.