Sheriff’s Deputy Among 2 Dead After Shooting In North Arkansas

Authorities identified the deputy as Sgt. Mike Stephen, a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and chief of the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.

Senator Tom Cotton released the following statement on Twitter:

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stephen responded about 8 a.m. to a domestic welfare call at a home at 2021 Flag Road in the city of Leslie. He said that as Stephen spoke to a woman at the address, shots were fired. Stephen and the woman were both hit and Stephen died from his injuries.

Sadler said the suspected shooter, whose identity had not been confirmed, was also killed. He declined to release further details about what happened.

Governor Asa Hutchinson released the following statement:

“It was heartbreaking to hear that Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stephen was killed in the line of duty today. Deputy Stephen’s death is a somber reminder that our law-enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect ours. I am grateful for the men and women who willingly put their safety on the line every time they put on the uniform. My heart goes out to his wife and son, and to his fellow officers and friends in their grief at the tragic loss of Mike Stephen.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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