Details remain sketchy, but the State Police have identified a 26-year-old Osceola man shot during what was said to be an effort to serve a federal search warrant related to computer crimes. Two news releases on the incident follow.
UPDATE: Memphis media report the search warrant was related to child pornography.
FROM THE STATE POLICE
February 9, 2011
(Osceola) - Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have identified Brandon Fountain, 26, of 135 West Cheryl Street, Osceola as the individual who was shot and killed yesterday by a member of the federal task force during the course of an investigation stemming from the execution of a federal search warrant.
The shooting occurred about 1:45 PM and Fountain was immediately transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to a Memphis hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6 PM.
The federal investigation which lead to the search warrant involves allegations of computer crimes. No further details concerning the pending federal investigation or the search warrant, which remains under court seal, can be given at this time.
The Arkansas State Police investigation of the shooting incident is continuing today and once completed the investigative file will be submitted to the Mississippi County prosecuting attorney for a review.
February 8, 2011
(Osceola) - An investigation is underway by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division of a shooting incident that has left an Osceola man dead.
The shooting occurred during the course of an investigation involving multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that had participated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in southwest Osceola about 1:45 PM today.
As investigators were questioning one man an armed confrontation occurred which led to a law enforcement officer shooting the individual who was later pronounced dead after being transported to a Memphis hospital. Once next of kin have been notified the Arkansas State Police will release the person's identity.
An investigative case file will be assembled and presented to the Mississippi County prosecuting attorney for his review.