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Man who died in West Memphis officer-involved shooting identified

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- We're learning more about the man shot and killed over the weekend by West Memphis police.

Authorities said he was armed with a gun and had just robbed a hotel. He’s now being identified as 33-year-old Olugbalah Ridley.

“I had just woke up that morning and I step outside and I heard about four or five shots," said neighbor Aaron Hardiman.

Hardiman is one of several who heard the shooting at the Steeplechase apartments and then saw the unthinkable:

“An hour or two later, I make it around the corner and he’s still laying on the ground," said Hardiman. "They didn’t cover him up or nothing.”

He said Ridley's body sat outside and uncovered for hours after being shot and killed WMPD officers.

Police said it all started when Ridley robbed the America’s Best Value Inn near the Steeplechase Apartments. Officers said Ridley refused to drop his weapon when they found him at the complex, leading them to that fatal shot.

“Nobody recognized him," said Hardiman. "Nobody online or nobody outside. Nobody knew who he was.”

Police said Ridley was from Indianapolis.

Officers on scene couldn’t have known about his history, but we found out he’d been arrested before for rape, burglary and most recently, for a robbery and kidnapping last year. Police said he stole $15,000 from a man at gunpoint in Indianapolis.

It’s not clear what he was doing in West Memphis this weekend, but he died right near a street that honors another person shot and killed by officers at this same complex.

DeAunta Farrow, 12, was shot and killed as he played outside ten years ago.

“DeAunta Farrow, that was my cousin," said Kevin Farrow. "A police officer shot him a long time ago because they thought he had a gun.”

But it turned out it was a toy.

The officers were later cleared in the case.

Although two very different situations, neighbors say it pains them to hear about anything like them at all.

This weekend’s shooting is now being investigated by the Arkansas State Police.