Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at a business in Mena about noon Tuesday.

Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at a business in Mena about noon Tuesday.


Shawn Henry Allen Dickens, 30, of Mena died of gunshot wounds after an altercation with a Mena police officer. He succumbed to his injuries at Mena Regional Health System.


As of Tuesday afternoon, two investigations were underway: The Mena Police Department was conducting an internal investigation on whether policy was followed, and Arkansas State Police were investigating the shooting, authorities said.


Bill Sadler with ASP said an investigation into the involved shooting is being prepared and will be submitted to a prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by the officer was necessary and consistent with Arkansas laws.


The officer, whose name has not yet been released, approached Dickens outside of Kess Korner, a convenience store located at 1513 Reeves Ave.


A physical altercation developed before the suspect fled on foot. As he fled, he dropped a handgun, according to ASP. Mena police told ASP investigators that the alleged suspect returned to pick up the gun he had dropped, according to ASP. The officer commanded the man to stop and move away from the gun. When Dickens ignored the orders, police shot, officers told ASP.


Dickens’ body will be taken late Tuesday or early Wednesday to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination to determine the manner and cause of death.


The investigation continues, Sadler said.