Three dead, including sheriff's deputy, in rural Arkansas shooting

Posted May 12, 2017

Shortly before 10 AM today Yell County Deputies and Arkansas State Police identified a location where a suspect was believed to be located.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said early Thursday afternoon that the suspect was inside a rural Arkansas and that negotiators were trying to reach the person.

Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, was fatally shot Thursday morning when he pulled over the suspect in a traffic stop, officials said.

KATV broadcast an interview Thursday that it said was with the suspect's father, James Bowden which he says the incident stemmed from an argument his son had with his girlfriend. A woman Bowden had held inside a home was freed around 2:40 p.m., the ASP said.

Investigators haven't released the names or ages of the female victims, or said how they were killed.

Mainhart was fatally shot on State Highway 27 near Slo Fork Road, Sadler said.

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The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon after a standoff with police.

As other local officers arrived at the Gum Springs address, the deceased bodies of two other individuals were found outside the residence.

Mainhart had served the citizens of Yell County as a law enforcement officer for five years and previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department following a career of more than 20 years, according to Arkansas State Police. A civilian saw that the deputy had been shot and notified police. During the traffic stop, Lt. Mainhart was shot and later died from his injuries. "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.

It appears, at least preliminarily, that the deaths of the Yell County sheriff's deputy and the two other victims are connected, Sadler said. Mainhart was a 5-year veteran of the force, state police said.

Two other people were found dead outside of a residence where the shooter barricaded himself.