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State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

Authorities have arrested the suspect they say killed 3 people including a sheriff's deputy in rural Arkansas on Thursday Authorities have arrested the suspect they say killed 3 people including a sheriff's deputy in rural Arkansas on Thursday
Saul Franklin | 12 May, 2017, 03:44

The incident happened at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Slow Fork Road near Chickalah in Yell County. Police say authorities are negotiating with a suspect who is holed up in a home.

A Yell County deputy was among three people who were killed in a shooting on Thursday morning (May 11), and the shooting suspect has been taken into custody.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said during a news conference that Bowden surrendered Thursday afternoon after a standoff with police. Sadler says that deputy was fatally shot during the traffic stop.

Authorities say a hostage was inside a house in the 10000 block of Gum Springs Road that Bowden had barricaded himself in for the five-hour period.

A woman who lives in the area of Gum Springs Road told us at the scene that a SWAT team officer told her "an officer's been shot" when residents were evacuated from their homes.

Mainhart had been an officer in Yell County for five years.

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He's also worked for Arkansas Tech and as security police in the U.S. Air Force. He previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department. A civilian saw that the deputy had been shot and notified police.

From what our crew on the scene can tell there are two separate scenes less than one mile apart.

The suspect, James Michael Bowden, 32, took shelter in the home, about 5 miles southwest of the small city of Dardanelle, police said. Lieutenant Mainhart's 25-year career in law enforcement in West Memphis and Yell County made Arkansas a safer place. "Today, the State of Arkansas mourns the loss of Yell County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart".

He said: "Our hearts are saddened, and we are in prayer for his family and officers who were his comrades and serve and protect this county".

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. Two other people were found dead near a home, and authorities say the deaths appear to be linked to Mainhart's killing.

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