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Statement By Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley

Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley

by Police Chief Bob Hundley

At 1724 hours on June 27, police received a call of a fight in progress in the 1800-block of N Main St. Officers arrived to find that the fight was over with reports of a man with a gun. The officers were able to find out from those involved that a juvenile black male and adult black male was walking past the gas pumps.

There was a vehicle gassing at the station, and a white male and the young black male exchanged words with the white male exiting the truck and confronting the black male. A fistfight ensued between these two, which ended shortly with the white male slammed to the pavement and knocked out. The other male in the vehicle exited to check on the unconscious one.

A passerby had stopped at the scene and approached the general area of where the fight had taken place. The juvenile had picked up a silver pocketknife from the ground, and this passerby ran back to his vehicle and produced a handgun, ordering both black males to get on the ground. A crowd of onlookers grew, and the individual with the gun went back to his vehicle and left the scene.

The juvenile got back up and noticed the other white male with the man he fought digging around in his truck. He started backing up and noticed that he could see that the man was now holding an AR-15 as he could see the barrel of the rifle pointed at the ground from looking under the truck. Those involved stated that he was not pointing it at anyone. They took evidentiary photographs of the knife and the rifle and returned both items to their owners. All involved were allowed to leave the scene, as the investigation was to continue. The only injury reported was the man who was knocked unconscious.

After this incident took place, the department became aware of many videos shared on social media regarding the fight. The videos we have seen are consistent with the statements by those involved. We have not been able to find a video that shows the individual with the handgun or any footage showing the actions of the individual with the rifle. If anyone has a video that shows any of those acts, please share it with the department.

The investigation continued with the individual who had the handgun coming forward and identifying himself. The research will continue, and the department will present it to the County Attorney’s office for consideration of filing charges.

Bob Hundley
Chief of Police