Arkansas State Police release body camera footage of shooting involving Fort Smith officer

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas State Police release body camera video of a shooting involving an officer who killed a Fort Smith man.

Fort Smith Officer Robin Gaines responded to a domestic disturbance call on Tiles Avenue on October 17, 2021.

Investigators say Gaines found Christofer Conner beating his 15-year-old son Cason with a brick.

Within seconds, the officer ordered Conner to the ground.

But instead, Connor charged at Officer Gaines, stabbing him in the neck. Gaines then fired two shots at Conner who died.

Cason also died of his injuries.

Inside the house, police found another body. Conner’s ex-girlfriend and Cason’s mother, Julia Moore, was stabbed to death.

Officers also found a five-year-old child asleep in a bedroom. The child was taken to his family.

Also responding to the incident, fellow officer Efurd arrived at the scene to find Officer Gaines injured. Without waiting, Efurd drove Gaines to the hospital where Gaines underwent surgery for his injuries.

In January, prosecutors cleared Gaines of any wrongdoing saying he was justified in his actions.

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