Two police officers were shot in Arkansas on Wednesday before a tense standoff with the shooter that lasted several hours.
According to Fox News, Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper is in extremely critical condition at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith. Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells was treated and released from the hospital after a bullet grazed him in the head.
It all started when Spells and Cooper were called to the home of Billy M. Jones for a family disturbance at 7:20am. Jones has a lengthy criminal record that includes a 2007 conviction for manufacture and possession of a controlled substance and a 2011 conviction for theft of property. Back in February of this year, he was charged with possession of firearms and possession of a controlled substance.
Jones opened fire on Spells and Cooper when they arrived at his home. After a standoff that lasted several hours, the gunman was finally arrested a few minutes ago.
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“It’s a shame the price that law enforcement officers are paying right now,” said U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, whose district includes part of Sebastian County.
Please keep both Spells and Cooper in your thoughts and prayers!