Suspect in killing of Arkansas deputy and 2 others captured

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 12, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, Little Rock police officers showed their support for Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart, a Yell County Sheriff's Department deputy murdered in the line of duty.

Authorities say the suspect was holed up in the home before he surrendered.

Lt. Deputy Kevin Mainhart, 46, was part of the Yell County Sheriff's Office and was pronounced dead at the Dardanelle hospital, according to Bill Sadler with ASP.

Bowden had been barricaded inside a residence on a rural road in Yell County with a woman who may have been a hostage, Arkansas Police spokesman Bill Sadler told a news conference.

Authorities later discovered two more bodies at the location of the disturbance call and believe the victims are linked to Mainhart's fatal shooting.

Authorities say that the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, shot the deputy and then left the scene.

The suspect has been taken into custody. He had previously worked for the West Memphis Police Department for more than twenty years.

"It's hard to describe because even though I don't know this officer he is still a brother to me so I can imagine what these fellow officers are feeling", said Officer Moore.

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Two bodies, both females, were found at the Gum Springs Road home, Sadler said.

"It's been a very long day; it's been a sad day for law enforcement", Sadler told reporters.

The woman who was in the residence was not named and she was not wounded, police said.

Mainhart was a 20-year veteran of the West Memphis Police Department before he moved five years ago. "Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Mainhart family and all those who put their own lives in danger to serve and protect", said Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also responded to Mainhart's death in a statement, referencing the deputy's mission to his community. While today will mark his end of watch, he never wavered in his steadfast commitment and responsibility to safeguard his neighbors from harm.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil is being held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in honor of three people killed in two shooting incidents this morning.

On Thursday evening in Dardanelle, about a dozen people gathered along the Arkansas River, joined hands in a circle and prayed in remembrance of the victims.

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