The Arkansas State Police have begun their investigation into the officer involved shooting that occurred Wednesday night in Jonesboro.
At approximately 7:35 p.m., Calvin Wheeley notified 911 that his wife, Lottie, had been shot in the lower back and was in transit to St. Bernards Hospital. Police were advised that the suspect, Jay Michael Clem, was located inside a home in the 3100 block of Barnhill Road. JPD officers tried to make contact with Mr. Clem, but he refused to cooperate and barricaded himself inside the residence with his weapon.
Negotiators attempted to communicate with Mr. Clem for four hours, but were not successful. The S.W.A.T. team responded at the direction of Chief Rick Elliott. Chemical Munitions was deployed, Mr. Clem exited the home brandishing a hand gun and proceeded to fire multiple shots at officers. Police engaged the suspect with lethal force. The Craighead County Coroner, Toby Emerson, pronounced Mr. Clem deceased at the scene.
The following officers responded to the suspects gunfire, Sgt. Shon Morris, Pfc. Nathan Ivy, Pfc. Erik Johnson, Cpl. Paul Williams, Sgt Lane Holmes, Dfc. Bryan Davis, Ptl. Pete Lochner, DCpl. Brian Arnold, Ptl. Michael Talley and Pfc. Bryan Bailey. All listed officers are on paid administrative leave pending the Arkansas State Police Investigation and the decision from the Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.
A professional standards investigation will also be conducted by the Jonesboro Police Department