Police ID 2 killed along with Arkansas deputy

Arkansas police shooting: Suspect surrounded in home after killing officer

They had said the suspect had been located in a home in rural Arkansas and negotiators were trying to contact the suspect.

James Bowden, 32, is believed to have shot a 46-year-old sheriff's deputy along with two other people in Yell County on Thursday. Authorities allege that Bowden shot and killed the deputy during the traffic stop.

Three people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed in rural Arkansas on Thursday, and the suspect was barricaded inside a residence in a standoff with law enforcement, the Arkansas State Police said.

"Right now, priority 1 is to get this individual to surrender to police", Sadler said.

Kevin Mainhart was said to be a respected member not only with the sheriff's department but the entire community.

No shots were fired during the standoff, Sadler said. More definitive information about the suspect's identification will be released today, he said.

Two bodies, both females, were found at the Gum Springs Road home, Sadler said.

Mainhart was an officer in Yell County for five years and had previously worked for the West Memphis Police Department for more than twenty years, state police said in the news release. Mainhart was fatally shot during the traffic stop, not far from the location of the disturbance call, and a civilian who witnessed the event phoned it in to the police, according to KFSM.

"He was an excellent law enforcement officer - he came to work every day, he had great work ethic, he was fair minded with people he dealt with on a daily basis", Gilkey said. As of late Thursday, Sadler had not released those names.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson expressed "deepest sympathies" to Mainhart's family and the sheriff's department he left behind. "Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Mainhart family and all those who put their own lives in danger to serve and protect", the statement said.

Mainhart severed 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Officer.

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