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No charges filed after shooting on North 48th Street in Fort Smith

According to police, a 36-year-old man was shot through the arm and faces non-life threatening injuries.
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FORT SMITH, Ark. — Police responded to a shooting on North 48th Street and Virginia Avenue in Fort Smith.

According to police, a 36-year-old man was shot through the arm and faces non-life threatening injuries.

According to Aric Mitchell with FSPD, 29-year-old David Piper voluntarily went with police to the department for questioning. 

Initial reports of a small child being "on the run" with the suspect were taken from witnesses. These reports did not turn out to be accurate, according to Mitchell. 

FSPD is not seeking any further suspects at this time. The investigation remains ongoing.

Fort Smith attorney Mosie Boyd says she is currently at the Fort Smith Police Station with her client David Piper.

"We believe (the investigation) will determine Mr.Piper acted in self-defense, protecting his family. His wife is pregnant," she said.

Mitchell released the following statement:

"After further interviews with witnesses, investigators have determined that no arrests will be made as Sebastian County Prosecutors further review the circumstances of this case. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time."

On Friday, June 5, Sebastian County Prosecutors determined that no charges will be filed against Piper. 

"In consultation with law enforcement, it was determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove criminal conduct beyond a reasonable doubt," said Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue. 

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