by Max Brantley
The Little Rock police have identified Angelo Clark, 31, as the man killed at 1322 S. Tyler Street when a SWAT unit served a drug-related search warrant at his home about 6:30 a.m. this morning.
The police have not identified the officer who shot Clark after he reportedly pointed a loaded AK-47 at officers, but he has been placed on administrative leave pending an outcome of the investigation. Officers identified themselves as they broke open the door of the residence, police said. Police Lt. Terry Hastings said officers announcing as they enter is standard procedure to prevent drugs from being flushed or destroyed. He said police serve about 200 warrants a year. The last two shots were fired was on Madison Street last year, when two SWAT officers were shot.
Police said the warrant was authorized because crack cocaine had been purchased from Clark at the house and the house had been under surveillance periodically for several weeks. No cocaine was found in the raid following the entry of the home today, but a marijuana growing operation was found, according to the police statement.
Police Lt. Terry Hastings said Clark had a prior record. State Correction Department records turned up one sentence. He began a 10-year sentence in May 2000 from Pulaski County for simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, theft by receiving and delivery of cocaine. He was paroled in March 2003 and completed parole Sept. 10, 2010.
The complete police statement follows:
LRPD Narcotics Detectives have been investigating an alleged drug house at 1322 S. Tyler since early December. Detectives have made a controlled buy of crack Cocaine from Angelo Clark B/M 11/4/1980, who lives at the residence, and have had the residence under periodic surveillance for several weeks. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for the residence and on today’s date LRPD SWAT and Narcotics officer served the warrant at 6:30 a.m. As the SWAT officers breached the door, they announce loudly, “Little Rock Police Search Warrant.” Each officer has POLICE in large letters across their front of their uniforms. Officers entered the residence and they were confronted by Mr. Clark who was standing at the top of a short set of stairs. Mr. Clark was armed with an loaded AK- 47 Assault Rifle and directed it the officers. A SWAT Officer fired and struck Mr. Clark in the upper body. The SWAT team has paramedics assigned to the unit who provided immediate aid to Mr. Clark. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Narcotics officers executed the search and seizure warrant on the residence after the Homicide investigation was complete and they located a small grow operation of Marijuana, Marijuana plants, scales and other drug paraphernalia, a second loaded AK-47 clip, and a second weapon which is a Smith & Wesson 40 caliber handgun. Video surveillance equipment was located in the residence that viewed the area where narcotics transactions were being made. The investigation is continuing.
The SWAT officer is a veteran officer who joined the LRPD in June 1996 and has been a SWAT Team member since 2000. He has been placed on Administrative leave pursuant to Department policy. Separate Detective and Internal Affairs investigations are being conducted.