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4:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Name Of Sebastian County Deputy Who Fatally Shot Suspect Release

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a deputy who shot and killed a man in Fort Smith.

Authorities said Monday that deputy Joshua Heidelberg shot 23-year-old Justin Higgins on Saturday after Higgins had earlier exchanged gunfire with Fort Smith police and as Higgins attempted to carjack the deputy's vehicle.

Sheriff's Lt. Philip Pevehouse said in a news release that Higgins was holding a gun to the head of a family friend of Heidelberg and was about to drive away with the deputy's children also in the vehicle. Pevehouse says Heidelberg opened fire when Higgins pointed a gun at the deputy.

Heidelberg is on paid leave pending an internal review of the shooting.

Police have said Higgins was from the Muskogee and Wagoner county areas in Oklahoma.

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