LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed Thursday in a shooting in rural northern Arkansas.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed as he was responding to a call in Leslie when a suspect opened fire. Leslie is about 77 miles (124 kilometers) north of Little Rock.
Sadler said Stephen arrived around 8:40 a.m. at a house in response to a domestic welfare check call, shortly before other deputies arrived. As Stephen approached the house, he began talking with a woman. Then, Sadler said, “gunfire erupted.” He did not say who shot first, what guns were involved or how many shots were fired.
Both Stephen and a male suspect were killed. The woman was taken to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Sadler said agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigations division are investigating the shooting.