Man suspected of shooting 3 dead, including deputy, surrenders in rural Arkansas


According to Bill Sadler with the Arkansas State Police, the situation developed into a "tactical operation", as Bowden held at least one hostage. Investigators were questioning that woman.

A Yell County (AR) deputy was among three people who were killed in a Yell County shooting on Thursday morning. Mainhart was on his way to a call about a disturbance, police said.

As other local officers arrived at the Gum Springs address, the deceased bodies of two other individuals were found outside the residence. Sadler said the bodies could not be identified because they are in close proximity to the residence where the suspect is now hiding.

Police were in a standoff with the gunman in a home on the same street as of early Thursday afternoon, and were trying to get him to surrender.

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The suspect is in a residence and has taken two people hostage.

The agency did not release details about the suspect or how the suspect was captured.

Kevin Mainhart was killed while responding to a disturbance call.

It appears, at least preliminarily, that the deaths of the Yell County sheriff's deputy and the two other victims are connected, Sadler said.

At this time, the Arkansas State Police are still believed to be negotiating with the suspect, who they say was located several hours ago.

During the course of the traffic stop the deputy was fatally wounded.

The state police say Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, of the Yell County Sheriff's Office, was fatally shot Thursday morning during the traffic stop near Dardanelle, about 65 miles west of Little Rock. The other two victims were reportedly killed after the suspect crashed his truck and then walked up to their home. He had previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department after a career of more than 20 years.

Authorities say the suspect was holed up in the home before he surrendered. "My prayers goes out to each and every one of his family in blue and his family at home", says Officer William Jones, father-in-law of Aaron Barker, McCrory PD officer killed in the line of duty a year ago. A civilian saw that the deputy had been shot and notified police.