The Arkansas Department of Correction says Arkansas State Police are now investigating the shooting death of a convicted killer during an escape attempt.
Department spokesman Solomon Graves says 41-year-old Christopher Wilson was shot and killed just before 1 p.m. Thursday during the attempted escape at the Varner Unit in Grady.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler said the investigation is under way and said details of the attempted escape can't be released. Sadler said the investigative report will be turned over to the local prosecutor.
The officers involved in the shooting are now on paid leave.
Wilson was serving life without parole after pleading guilty in 2003 in Faulkner County to killing 26-year-old Pamela Kay Reed and her 8-month-old son - Lucas Reed - at the Reed's home in Saltillo.