Sheriff: Arkansas deputy dies in shooting

Sheriff: Arkansas deputy dies in shooting

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

The officers were shot while responding to an unspecified call for service Wednesday morning, Pevehouse said.

"Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper gave his life protecting the citizens of Sebastian County and for that we are forever grateful", said Attorney General Rutledge.

Local police chief Darrell Spells was also shot in the incident, suffering superficial wounds.

Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper was pronounced dead at a hospital around 1:15 p.m., Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said during a news conference.

The incident was reported Wednesday morning in the area of Hwy. 253 and Boone Road. Both were taken to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith. Police tried to apprehend Jones earlier Wednesday, but could not because Jones began to shoot at them. The three officers were pinned down for some time before backup could get to them, the spokesman said.

Jones also shot at a police robot "used to gather intelligence from the scene", he said. Eventually, Jones waved a white towel at authorities and peacefully surrendered. According to reports, police showed up at Jones' home to arrest him for gun charges and that is when he started shooting. They later learned he possessed an explosive substance known as Tannerite. His rap sheet also includes a theft of property charge in 2011 and another charge from 2007 of manufacturing a controlled substance.

According to neighbors, Jones suffers from terminal cancer and had an arsenal of weapons.

Dozens of police vehicles, including a SWAT truck, quickly descended on the area and surrounded a house where the suspect had barricaded himself inside.

Two law enforcement officers were shot early Wednesday south of Fort Smith and east of the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line. He was described as having negative feelings towards law enforcement.

"Another flawless example of how local law enforcement comes to work every day; they leave their family to serve and protect", Hollenbeck said two hours after Deputy Bill Cooper died in surgery and after Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was injured.

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