to connectVideoTwo people, including a sheriff’s deputy, was killed in a shoot-out in the rural areas of northern Arkansas
The officials spoke to reporters, after the death of a Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, who was killed when responding to a call.
A sheriff from Arkansas, was the deputy, was one of two people shot and killed Thursday after responding to a call in the rural part of the state, police said.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that the Stone County Sheriff’s deputy promoted to Sergeant, Mike, Stephen, 56, was killed when a suspect opened fire as he was responding to a call in los angeles, approximately 77 miles north of Little Rock.
The Stone County Sheriff’s deputy promoted to Sergeant, Mike, Stephen,
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Sadler said Stephen went to the house at around 8:40 a.m. to a home inspection, on the well-being and the “gunfire broke out”, as he was talking to a woman outside of the home. Sadler added that it was a man in the house at the time, and not to who shot first or how many shots were fired.
And he said, Stephen, and the male suspect, who has not yet been identified, was killed. The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“The State of Arkansas, which has a heavy heart today,” Sadler told reporters on Thursday. “All too often, and now we get a conversation that will result in the deaths of law enforcement officers, and the persons who are charged with the duty to keep the peace in our communities, the provinces, and on the other side of the state.”
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“There is no routine call for the enforcement of the law, but what happened this morning, started out about as routine as you can get,” Sadler went on. “But anything can happen any moment.”
Stephen has worked in law enforcement for 20 years and was a U.S. Army veteran, according to the Stone County chamber. He was also the head of the Pineville Fire department.
Fellow deputies, named Stephen, is an “extraordinary leader” who always wanted to be the first on the scene.
“It’s heart-breaking to hear that the Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy, Mike, Stephen, was killed in the line of duty today,” the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, tweeted on Thursday. “My heart goes out to his wife, and his son, and he to his fellow-officers and friends in their grief at this tragic loss.”
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Hutchinson ordered the united states flag and the flag of the state of Arkansas in order to fly at half-staff in Stephen’s honor.
Other police departments are at Present offered their condolences.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Stone County, as Sergeant, Mike, Stephen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning,” the North Little Rock Police department tweeted on Thursday
The tweet included the hashtags #GoneButNotForgotten and BackTheBlue.
“Today, the State of Arkansas, is in mourning over the loss of a brave law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “Mike, Mike, Stephen, protect the people of Stone County, contained as part of the thin blue line in our communities of crime and disorder.”
S. John Boozman, R-Ark., tweeted that his prayers go out to Stephen’s family, friends, and fellow officers of the law.
“He has served his community in so many ways, and laid down his life in the line of duty this morning,” Boozman wrote. “We will honor his sacrifice.”
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In a Facebook post, The Stone County Sheriff’s Department and thanked everyone for ‘ the prayers and kind words.”
“Our Blue family had lost a great man, who wore the badge with pride and honor,” the post said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sergeant, Mike and Stephen’s Family,”
The police said that the investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.