Arkansas troopers who fatally shot man cleared

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say two troopers who fatally shot a man following a 12-hour standoff have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told KAIT-TV the troopers returned to duty this week after 29-year-old Billy Hyde was killed early Saturday.

Authorities say the Paragould man fled from a trooper on Friday after being spotted in a vehicle police suspected may have been used in a bank robbery. Officials say Hyde fled to his wife's home and refused to surrender.

Early Saturday, he escaped from the home and ran into a heavily wooded area. A state police helicopter guided officers to the location, where they say Hyde rose and fired at the troopers.

The officers, whose names haven't been released, returned fire and killed him.

Information from: KAIT-TV.

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