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Officer Shoots Man in Back of the Head
(AR) – Jayden Prunty, a 22-year old Black man, was walking home from the store when he was stopped by a police officer. Officer Obregon, with the Jonesboro Police Department, was driving his vehicle on Spruce Street. He saw Prunty walking and decided he needed to conduct a drug interdiction stop. There is no audio at the beginning of the full video, but it appears he tells Prunty to stop. Officer Obregon gets out of his patrol car and begins walking toward Prunty telling him to come here.
Prunty continues walking away saying he just came from the store. Officer Obregon then claims he can smell marijuana. Prunty gets upset and says, “You’re lying.” Officer Obregon takes Prunty to the ground. Prunty is on his stomach with his right arm under his body. Obregon says, “I promise you if that’s a gun it’s not going to end well for you.” Obregon reaches under Prunty’s body and a shot rings out. Prunty cries out in pain. Obregon falls to the side behind Prunty. He takes out his gun and shoots Prunty in what appears to the back, then again in the head.
Officer on Administrative Leave During Criminal Investigation
Officer Corey Obregon has been placed on paid administrative leave while special agents with the Arkansas State Police conduct their criminal investigation. According to KAIT8.com,
Special agents with ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division collected evidence from the scene and are continuing to investigate. Their investigation file will be turned over to the Craighead County prosecuting attorney who will determine if the officer’s use of deadly force was consistent with state law.
Prunty’s mother, Sherry Prunty, said Friday evening she was upset over the release of the video, especially on social media. She said she was devastated to see her son being killed on Facebook and said police have not reached out to her about the video.
Will the prosecuting attorney look beyond these attempts to steer the narrative, or will there be real accountability?
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