by Max Brantley
The Little Rock police say Detective Todd Hurd, a member of the force since 1992, fired the two shots that killed a burglary suspect, Michael Daniel, 25, Friday morning.
The police report said that Hurd fired when the suspect was attempting to take a gun from Detective Kenneth Blankenship, a 27-year veteran. The police narrative of events, much like one released Friday without identifying the officers involved, follows on the jump. It says Daniel stopped during a chase as if to surrender, then started fighting with Blankenship.
Here's the incident report and the arrest report of Daniel's companion.
The police are not saying where the slain suspect was wounded until autopsy results are complete.
Hurd was featured in a 2002 article for his gang-related work.
On Friday, January 11, 2013, the Little Rock Police Department received information that two individuals had broken into a residence and were returning to that residence to remove property. The Department was not provided with the specific address of this residence, only the general area of town.
Detective Kenneth Blankenship and Detective Todd Hurd from the Department’s Special Investigations Division and property crimes Detectives from the Department’s Downtown Division searched this area and at approximately 9:40 a.m. located the burglary at the west side of the duplex at 4521 W. 16th Street, observing an individual loading items taken from the residence into a gray Toyota Camry driven by a second person. As this vehicle pulled away from the residence (with both individuals now inside), the Detectives followed it and attempted to arrange for a marked patrol unit to assist in stopping it. Prior to the arrival of a marked unit, the suspect vehicle stopped just off the alley west of 1418 S. Brown and both individuals exited the vehicle and ran.
According to the Detectives, they gave chase to both individuals and, during the course of this, one individual stopped, appeared as if he was surrendering, and then charged and fought with pursuing Detective Kenneth Blankenship. This struggle continued for a few moments, during which time the suspect knocked the Detective Blankenship down and attempted to take control of his handgun. A second Detective (Detective Hurd) now approached, attempted to assist and, believing that the suspect was about to acquire Detective Blankenship’s weapon, fired two rounds at the suspect from his own weapon. Both rounds struck this individual and he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Location of the round strikes on the body of Mr. Daniels will not be released until the autopsy of the victim has been completed. Detective Blankenship did sustain some injury to ligaments during this struggle.
Property recovered from the Toyota Camry has been identified as having been stolen from the residence at 4521 W. 16th Street.
Attached please find the police incident report and arrest report for Marcus Davis. Mr. Davis has a criminal history that includes Possession of Drugs, Theft By Receiving and Possession of a firearm by certain person. The deceased Michael Daniels’ criminal history includes several counts of breaking and entering, Theft of Property. Possession of an Instrument of crime, Theft By Receiving and Theft of Property.
Photos of these officers are not included because they are classified as undercover officers. Officer Blankenship was hired in 1985. Officer Hurd was hired 1992.