Green Forest officer fatally shoots armed suspect
Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a Green Forest man who was killed Saturday during a violent altercation with local police.
The victim, identified as Maung Tway, 34, was shot by police responding to a call about a disturbance in an apartment building located at 408 S. Thorne Ave., where Tway lived with three roommates.
According to the state police, the roommates, who called the police shortly before 8 a.m., reported that Tway was creating a disturbance and asked police to remove him from the apartment.
After arriving on scene, a Green Forest police officer asked Tway to step out of his bedroom. When he did, he was wielding what was described as a “large knife.”
The officer ordered Tway to drop the knife, but Tway continued to approach, brandishing the knife. According to the report, Tway ignored continued commands to drop the knife and stop, moving toward the officer, who then fired his sidearm, wounding Tway.
Tway was transported to Mercy Hospital in Berryville where he later died.
“Within minutes of being notified of the incident, I was on the scene,” Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey said in a news release issued Sunday. “I immediately contacted the Arkansas State Police asking them if they would conduct the investigation into what had occurred. At that time, we began cooperating with the state police’s investigation. We have provided them with everything that they have requested and will continue to cooperate fully with their investigation.”
Tway’s body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where the state medical examiner will confirm the manner and cause of death.
According to Bailey, who spoke with Carroll County News on Saturday, once the state police investigation is completed, the case will be presented to the Carroll County prosecuting attorney, who will then determine if the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.
“At this time our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Tway’s family,” Bailey said in a news release issued Sunday. “I pray the public will remain patient and refrain from unnecessary social media comments out of respect to Mr. Tway’s family and the officer involved.”
Bailey said he has met with some of Tway’s family members to discuss the incident and explain the process.
“I spoke with them about what to expect in the coming days and why we were having the Arkansas State Police conduct the investigation,” Bailey said. “I answered their questions and explained that I would meet with them once the investigation was completed.”
According to Bailey, this was the first officer-involved shooting in Green Forest since 1969, when then-Carroll County Sheriff Orval Bishop was killed in a armed confrontation with a suspect while responding to a domestic disturbance.
Bailey told the Carroll County News on Saturday that the officer involved in the shooting — who has not been identified — has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is underway.
In Sunday’s release, Bailey said he was unsure when or if body camera footage of the incident would be released, citing privacy concerns of the family, adding that once the investigation has been completed, he would “make the facts of the case open to the public.”
“We are a close, multicultural community who’s mourning the loss of life as we patiently wait for the answers to what happened on June 5,” Bailey said.