On Friday, January 11, 2013, the Little Rock Police Department received information that two individuals had broken into a residence and were returning to that residence to remove property. The department was not provided with the specific address of this residence, only the general area of town.
Detectives from the department's Special Investigations Division and property crimes detectives from the department's Downtown Division searched this area and at approximately 9:40 a.m. located the burglary at the west side of the duplex at 4521 W. 16th Street, observing an individual loading items taken from the residence into a gray Toyota Camry driven by a second person. As this vehicle pulled away from the residence (with both individuals now inside), the detectives followed it and attempted to arrange for a marked patrol unit to assist in stopping it. Prior to the arrival of a marked unit, the suspect vehicle stopped just off the alley west of 1418 S. Brown and both individuals exited the vehicle and ran. 1418 S. Brown is only a random address for which the suspects decided to stop.
According to the detectives, they gave chase to both individuals and, during the course of this, one individual stopped, appeared as if he was surrendering, and then charged and fought with a pursuing detective. This struggle continued for a few moments, during which time the suspect knocked the detective down and attempted to take control of his handgun. A second detective now approached, attempted to assist and, believing that the suspect was about to acquire the first detective's weapon, fired at the suspect from his own weapon. The suspect was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. The second individual was arrested without incident by other officers in the area.
The deceased has been identified as Michael W. Daniel II, age 25. The second individual, identified as Marcus Davis, age 26, has been charged with capital murder, burglary, theft and fleeing.
Pursuant to Little Rock Police Department General Orders, two separate investigations have been initiated into this matter. The first, conducted by the department's Major Crimes Division, will be submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office when completed for a review and determination as to compliance with Arkansas law; the second, conducted by the department's Professional Standards Section, is charged with determining whether the detectives involved acted in accordance with departmental policies.
Both detectives have been placed on administrative leave as required by departmental policy and the investigations are continuing in this matter. One detective received minor injuries during the struggle which do not appear to require hospitalization.
Additional information will be made available by the department as the investigations continue.