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Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of Arkansas officer

Little Rock Police Department

NEWPORT, Ark. — The manhunt is over for the suspect who shot and killed an Arkansas police lieutenant Monday evening.

The Associated Press reported the suspect is in custody and more information will be released Tuesday morning.

Authorities said Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department was rushed to a Newport hospital after he was shot while making a traffic stop near Remmel Park.

He died from his injuries Monday night.

On Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson released a statement saying he was saddened to hear of the officer’s passing.

“Lt. Weatherford’s 15-year career at the Newport Police Department demonstrates his bravery,selflessness and commitment to serving his community. He will be remembered for his courage and dedication to serve and protect the people in and around the Newport area.”

Lt. Weatherford was reportedly an exemplary officer.

In 2016, he was named Jackson County’s Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and graduated from the FBI National Academy Program, THV11 reported.

He was one of only three officers to receive the honor of attending the academy from the area.

Lt. Weatherford was also reportedly in the process of obtaining his Master’s Degree in criminal justice at the University of Arkansas campus in Little Rock.

 

The Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation.