Two Arkansas police officers were shot Wednesday morning as police descended upon a house in which the shooting suspect had taken refuge.
The officers were taken to a hospital in Fort Smith. A deputy who was shot was reported in critical condition and was taken into surgery. Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells was also taken to the hospital but has since been released.
TV stations KHBS/KHOG reported the suspect was identified by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department as Billy Jones of Greenwood, who the station said was described as “having negative feelings” toward police. A large number of weapons were inside the house where the suspect had taken refuge, witnesses said.
The shooting took place at 7:20 a.m. local time, sheriff’s spokesman Philip Pevehouse said.
Pevehouse said the shooting took place near the home of the suspect.
Police reported the gunman used a semi-automatic weapon.
Spells and the deputy, who was not named, had gone to the house in response to a call when they were shot.
In response to the shooting, heavily armed police teams surrounded the home of the alleged shooter.
Heavy police presence here on Hwy 253 and Boone in Sebastian county as we have an active shooter in the area pic.twitter.com/Y5EKL9MZTm
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“We believe him to be holed up currently,” Pevehouse said.
Three local police departments and the state police were responding. The response included a police helicopter and a SWAT team.
As of 11 a.m. Eastern Time, the standoff was still ongoing.
Spells has been police chief of Hackett, a community about 800 people about 170 miles west of Little Rock, since 2013.