Authorities Say Arkansas Reserve Deputy Fatally Shot

May 15, 2015

Authorities in northwest Arkansas say a deputy was fatally shot while responding to a reported burglary.

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston said Friday that the reserve deputy was fatally shot overnight in the east of the county. Houston said the suspected shooter was in custody.

The deputy's identity hasn't been released.

Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler says the Johnson County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from state authorities but declined to provide other details.

County Coroner Pamela Cogan confirmed that there was a death but declined to provide other details.


UPDATE 12:30pm: The Arkansas State Police released the following information on the incident:


An eleven year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was shot and killed early today as he and other sheriff’s deputies were searching for a burglary suspect  fifteen miles east of Clarksville.

At approximately 1 AM this morning (Friday, May 15, 2015) the sheriff’s department received a telephone report of a suspected burglar in the area of County Road 1723.

As deputies searched the area at approximately 2:30 AM, Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith 42, of Clarksville confronted an individual identified as Fred Kaufield who allegedly shot Smith.

Deputy Smith returned gunfire and Kaufield was taken into custody.  Kaufield sustained minor injuries.

Smith was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Kaufield is being detained at the Pope County Detention Center while an investigation is continuing.

The investigation is being handled by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation.