ASP/CID opens investigation in death of West Fork man


On December 29, 2022, the West Fork Police Department requested the assistance of the Arkansas State Police with the investigation into the death of 49-year-old Michael J. Hanna of West Fork. The death occurred following a traffic stop as Hanna was being taken into custody by a West Fork police officer.

The traffic stop happened about 4:15 PM at 6210 U.S. Highway 71 in West Fork.

During the course of the traffic stop, a fight ensued and the officer deployed his taser on Hanna.

While the cause of death is unknown, Hanna’s body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where it will be determined.

Special Agents with the Arkansas State Police are investigating the incident at the request of authorities within the West Fork Police Department.

Upon completion of the investigation, a case file will be delivered to the Washington County prosecuting attorney.

All inquiries into the identity and the administrative status of the officer should be directed to West Fork Police Department.

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