A man accused of shooting two police officers Wednesday morning has been taken into custody after an hours-long standoff.
UPDATE: Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper died at 1:15 pm Wednesday at a Fort Smith hospital, after being shot in the neck. A K-9 dog was also shot.
The two officers shot were Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper, who is in “extremely critical condition” in intensive care in a Fort Smith hospital, and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, who was grazed in the head by a bullet, but escaped serious injury.
The incident happened near Hackett, Arkansas, a small town about 170 miles west of Little Rock. Spells and Cooper responded to a call about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday for a family disturbance. The suspect’s father had reportedly called asking police to check in on his son.
The suspect has been identified as Billy M. Jones, who already has an extensive police record including manufacturing drugs, theft and firearms-related charges.
Three local police departments, the state police, two police helicopters and a SWAT team all responded to the shooting, with the standoff lasting several hours until the shooter finally surrendered.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers shot in Sebastian County, Arkansas. #LESM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016
Heavy police presence here on Hwy 253 and Boone in Sebastian county as we have an active shooter in the area pic.twitter.com/Y5EKL9MZTm
— Pedro Rivera (@4029Pedro) August 10, 2016
— Dillon Thomas (@5NEWSDillon) August 10, 2016
Billy Jones has barricaded himself inside this home. Officers are currently working to negotiate with him. pic.twitter.com/DFwVcZtXLM
— 5NEWSONLINE (@5NEWS) August 10, 2016
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