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Gunman Shot By Pine Bluff Officer in Critical Condition; State Police Discover Identity Mix-Up

The ongoing investigation of a shooting incident involving a Pine Bluff police officer who wounded a gunman outside 820 South Main Street early Sunday morning (October 17th) was not the person identified in a news release distributed yesterday. 

Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division learned today that Keyyontae Vignaude, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student from Hanover Park, Illinois, was the person holding a gun and backing away from an exit when struck by gunfire from the local police officer. 

Duane A. Everett of Eudora, identified in the news release as the gunman seen by the officer, was wounded.  However, it remains uncertain whether Everett was struck by gunfire outside the Sahara Shriner’s Temple which was the site of the party, or if the wound was sustained inside the building where gunfire had erupted moments earlier, leaving multiple individuals wounded and at least one dead. 

Everett assisted the police officer in rendering aid to Vignaude and both were transported by ambulance to a Pine Bluff hospital.  Everett was treated and released, but Vignaude was later transferred by air ambulance to a Little Rock hospital where he is listed in critical condition. 

The role of the Arkansas State Police investigation is limited in scope only to the officer involved shooting.  Upon completion of the investigation, the case file will be used by the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney to determine whether the use of deadly force by the police officer was consistent with Arkansas laws. 

Questions related to the identify of the Pine Bluff police officer, the administrative status of the officer or the investigation relating to the shooting incident inside the party site, should be directed to the Pine Bluff Police Department.

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