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Suspect identified in NLR officer involved shooting

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KATV) Channel Seven is learning more about the man shot and killed by North Little Rock police Wednesday. He has a criminal history of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault.

The suspect, Robert Storay, was on a city bus and reportedly attacked the officer who responded to the 911 call. The officer shot Storay, killing him.

The suspect's ex-wife did not want to talk on camera but said they were still together and she can't believe he is dead over a fight with a cane. 

Wednesday, someone on the city bus called 911 about passenger, Robert Storay, 52.

Sgt. Brian Dedrick says, "He was either threatening people with a cane verbally of physically."

One officer was the first on the scene, boarded the bus and had Storay exit with him. "The altercation started when they got off the bus." Sgt. Dedrick says, when the officer was struck, he thought his arm was broken and then fired his gun. "The cane had a brass ball at the end of it that is very much considered a deadly weapon."

Sgt. Dedrick says details about how many shots were fired or where Storay was hit, will be released after all witnesses are interviewed. He says, "There were 20 to 25 individuals on the bus."

Channel Seven obtained arrest reports on Storay, dating back to 2003. An order of protection was issued against him last month. The person wrote, "Robert Storay is under the influence of some strong drugs and is belligerent and hostile. He flips over the coffee table and walks down the street naked."

In February, Little Rock police were called to a liquor store because Storay was reportedly yelling he wanted to die and threatening others. Officers say they could not hold him down, the taser had no effect and they had to pepper spray him to make an arrest.

"Basically we try to find every bit of information we can, any time something like this happens because ultimately that whole case along with our information goes to the Prosecuting Attorney for review." Sgt. Dedrick explains.

The officer who shot Storay has not been interviewed because he has been hospitalized. His arm is bruised, not broken. His name will be released Friday.

A toxicology report on Robert Storay will be available in a few weeks.

In 2011, Storay filed a lawsuit against the City of Little Rock on three officers. The case was dismissed.


Wednesday, Central Arkansas Transit released as statement saying:

CAT is working closely with the North Little Rock Police Department during the investigation of today's incident. This is an unfortunate matter that CAT takes seriously. Safety of our employees and passengers remains our top priority as we continue to provide our community with safe, reliable and convenient transportation.