A Pine Bluff teenager is charged as an adult for attempting to kill three police officers in a shooting on Tuesday.
16-year-old Nakia Broyles was arrested after allegedly shooting at Pine Bluff police officers outside a house on the 2800 block on West 27th Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Broyles will turn 17 in September.
State Police Special Agent Houston Talley said on an affidavit that Broyles fled behind a house and officers briefly lost sight of him before he was taken into custody. A 0.40 caliber pistol was recovered along with a jacket and hat. The items matched what the shooting suspect was wearing when Broyles was arrested.
Since the incident involved Pine Bluff police officers, state police were contacted to investigate.
The affidavit said officials were in the area to track down a suspect who was reportedly inspecting vehicles and following people out of a store. This deal was not identified in the affidavit.
The officers received a description of the suspect and said he might be armed. While patrolling West 27th Avenue and Holly Street, they found a person who matched the suspect’s description.
Talley reported that when officers found the suspect, who was later identified as Broyles, they stopped their patrol unit in the middle of the street, identified themselves as police officers, and tried to contact them.
At the time, Broyles reportedly pulled a semi-automatic pistol from the waistband of his pants and officers verbally gave him the “don’t do it.” Broyles ignored any instructions given to the officers, pointed the gun at the officers and began firing shots, hitting the patrol unit, the affidavit said.
The officers repositioned the vehicle and returned fire, stepped out of the vehicle and approached Broyles, who fled on foot.
The officers involved in the incident were not identified in the affidavit. In accordance with the department’s policies, they were placed on administrative leave pending not only the criminal investigation but also internal investigations to determine whether the department’s policies had been violated.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth placed Broyles on $ 500,000 bail Thursday after ruling prosecutors likely indicted him on three charges of attempted capital murder.