Sheriff's office says 2 officers shot in western Arkansas

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2016

iStockTwo police officers in Arkansas have been shot.

Hackett is a town just on the Arkansas side of the border with Oklahoma with a population of 812.

CBS affiliate 5NEWS reports both officers were taken to a hospital in Fort Smith. Their conditions are unknown.

The shooting happened in Sebastian County, Arkansas at 7.15am local time this morning. Emergency medical services from Sebastian County and Fort Smith were at the scene. They originally thought that Jones had barricaded himself inside a home but have apparently breached and cleared that property without finding him.

Local media described Jones as a convicted felon who has animosity towards law enforcement.

Law enforcement officials in Sebastian County say Jones was not being cooperative and possessed a semiautomatic weapon. He said Cooper had been a deputy since 2001. We stand with you during this hard time. Hackett is about 115 miles west of Little Rock.

"It's a risky business and it really illustrates the importance of our support for law enforcement", he said.

"This has to stop", he said. He says a sheriff's deputy and a Hackett police officer were shot. Jones' father reportedly called authorities and asked for officers to check on his son, according to The Associated Press.

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