A Fort Smith man shot by police last week at a Pic-N-Tote store on Grand Avenue was charged in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Tuesday for allegedly committing a terroristic act in mid-December.

Matthew Lee Pittman, 19, was charged with the Class B felony six days after being shot several times by police at Pic-N-Tote, 1116 Grand Ave. Police said Pittman rammed his car into vehicles and tried to run over an officer after an arrest attempt was made to serve a felony firearms warrant.

Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue said Pittman has not been charged with anything yet in relation to the Pic-N-Tote incident. Shue’s office is “waiting for all relevant police reports before making a final charging decision” and “reviewing the matter with regard to the officers’ use of force.”

Pittman was charged with a terroristic act, according to an affidavit for probable cause, because on or about Dec. 17 in Sebastian County he “did unlawfully and feloniously shoot at an occupiable structure with the purpose to cause injury to Samantha Tyler and Chancey Tyler or damage property against the peace and dignity of the State of Arkansas.”

Class B felonies in Arkansas are punishable by five to 20 years in prison. Punishment for felonies can also include fines. For Class B crimes, the maximum fine is $15,000.

Eight Fort Smith police officers have been placed on administrative leave for shooting Pittman at the convenience store. The officers who discharged their weapons in the incident “fired at Mr. Pittman and hit him several times” because of “the danger of what was involved,” Fort Smith Police Department Cpl. Anthony Rice said at the scene of the incident on the evening of Jan. 3.

Officers were at the convenience store because a meeting with Pittman had been arranged for the arrest. Rice said probation and parole officials notified the Police Department about Pittman that day.

According to the affidavit for probable cause signed Jan. 4 by Shue and Circuit Judge Stephen Tabor, officers were attempting to apprehend Pittman for “outstanding firearms related warrants and had information that he was currently armed.”

“During the course of the apprehension, Pittman accelerated in his vehicle toward police officers and a civilian in the parking lot of the convenience store,” the affidavit states. “One of the officers had to jump out of the way to keep from getting struck. Officers felt his actions endangered their lives and the life of the civilian and fired on Pittman in his vehicle.”

The affidavit goes on to state Pittman was apprehended and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and then to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

Pittman is set to be arraigned on the terroristic act charge at 8:30 a.m. today in the Sebastian County Courts Building.