Shots fired at officer’s home in West Helena

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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. --  Helena-West Helena Police said someone fired shots at a police officer's home on Saint Jean Drive around 1:40 a.m. Sunday. One of the bullets went into Capt. Carl Vann's bedroom, officials said.

Police Chief Virgil Green said an officer was standing outside the police department when they heard about 10 rapid gunshots at the same time as Vann's call. No one was injured.

Officers said they were questioning three people but didn't have any suspects.

"It’s too early into the investigation to determine what may have lead up to the shots fired or of if the residents was a targeted," Chief Green wrote in a released statement.

WREG spoke with Mack Braggs, who lives near the officer. He said Vann was a "good guy" who'd helped him during a previous situation. He described his street as normally quiet, with several families and elderly people living there.

“I heard some gunshots... then I heard somebody retaliating so that’s two different guns shooting,” he said.

But, he said his town's police department needed to re-evaluate its service.

“I feel like it’s out of control. They’re worried about the small stuff," he said. "A lot of police officers in this town should be more professional, do their job better and I believe the city would be better too. I feel like people think our town is a joke."

Another neighbor has similar sentiments.

"They need to bring the state in," Janella Thomas said. "I’m trying to figure out whats really going on if it’s safe for me to come outside, for my kids to come outside and play."

No weapons have been found that are connected to the shooting, police said.

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