Arkansas State Police: 18-year-old being held in connection to officer’s death

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Little Rock Police Department

NEWPORT, Ark. —  An 18-year-old is being held in connection to the death of Newport Police Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford.

According to the Arkansas State Police, Lt. Weatherford was one of several officers responding to a vehicle break-in call Monday evening.

After a foot chase through a residential area, the man allegedly turned and opened fire, striking the officer.

Lt. Weatherford was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Arkansas State Police and prosecuting attorneys are working to figure out charges for the suspect.

Due to the fact he has not been charged, the suspect’s name will not be released at this time.