FAYETTEVILLE POLICE PROVIDE UPDATE ON SHOOTING INCIDENT

12/03/2009

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor released additional information today regarding the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred yesterday afternoon on Garland Avenue.

On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at approximately 3:29 PM Fayetteville officers responded to a report of a robbery at Arvest Bank located at 1113 N. Garland in Fayetteville.  The incident resulted in the fatal shooting of the suspect, Matthew L. Andersen.

There were four officers on the scene at the time of the shooting, Sergeant Shannon Gabbard, Sergeant Chris Moad, Detective David Williams and Officer Thomas Reed.  There were a total of three shots fired, all by Detective David Williams.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent criminal investigation while the Fayetteville Police Department is conducting an investigation of the attempted robbery and an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.  Per departmental policy, Detective David Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the internal investigation.

            The suspect’s body has been transferred to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory Medical Examiner’s Office for a formal autopsy. 

This investigation is continuing and we will provide additional information, as it is available for release.