‘The madness is going to stop:’ Phillips County constable shot in Helena-West Helena

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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A constable with the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office is listed in stable condition after he was shot in Helena-West Helena on Saturday night.

According to Helena-West Helena police chief James Smith, Wilburn Strotter Sr., 50, was shot around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in his home in the area of East Baldwin and North Ninth Street.

Smith said Strotter was in bed when a bullet came through the back wall and struck him in the back.

“It’s very alarming,” Smith said. “You look at your home as being a safe haven.”

Strotter was airlifted to Regional One in Memphis, initially in critical condition. Smith says Strotter was a constable and officer with Lakeview Police.

Helena-West Helena police located casings in nearby roadways, but they do not believe that Strotter was the target of the shooting.

Smith said Strotter is a foreman with the Helena-West Helena Street and Sanitation Department.

“He’s also a law enforcement officer for Lake View Police Department,” Smith said. “Great guy. Always the type of individual who would take his shirt off and give it to you, and it kind of becomes now personal.”

Police are still searching for the people responsible for the shooting. He asked people in the area to come forward with any information they have.

“We’ve still got boots on the street right now trying to attempt to find who may have done this,” Smith said. “The madness is going to stop.”

Anyone with information that might help police should call 870-572-3441.

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