LONOKE — England police officer John Siems was justified in the Jan. 9 shooting death of Jimmy Foreman, Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham has determined.

LONOKE — England police officer John Siems was justified in the Jan. 9 shooting death of Jimmy Foreman, Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham has determined.


Foreman announced his determination in a letter to the England Police Department dated Thursday.


Graham wrote that after a review of evidence collected in the investigation of the officer-involved shooting, "I find that Officer John Siems was fully justified in using lethal force upon Jimmy Foreman."


The shooting occurred during a response to a 911 call of a shooting at the S.E. 3rd Street residence of Jimmy Foreman and his stepson, Dwain Foreman. The caller said there had been an argument between the two, after which Jimmy Foreman shot Dwain Foreman inside the residence.


In the letter, Graham said a witness told of hearing three more shots fired by Jimmy Foreman after Siems arrived and of seeing and hearing Siems tell Foreman multiple times to put down the gun.


Also, Graham said England officers James Pearson and Walter Moore told of witnessing Siems tell Foreman multiple times to put down the gun. Each said they heard Foreman tell Siems to "just shoot me," and each said they saw Foreman fire another round into Dwain Foreman, then point his weapon towards Siems.


Jimmy Foreman his stepson both died at the scene.


"In this case it is abundantly clear that John Siems reasonably believed that Jimmy Foreman could use deadly physical force on him or other officers and/or citizens at the scene. … Officer Siems was forced to use deadly force upon Jimmy Foreman, and therefore he was justified under the Arkansas law of self-defense," Graham said in the letter.