Arkansas Law Enforcement

Governor's Radio Column: To Protect And Serve

Oct 8, 2016
Asa Hutchinson law enforcement
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Oct. 7, 2016:

Zachary Sutton
Springdale Police

A man on a scooter who was fatally shot after reportedly firing a pistol at police in northwest Arkansas during a traffic stop has been identified as a 26-year-old from Springdale.

Police said Wednesday that Zachary Sutton died after being shot when Sgt. Josh Kirmer and Officer Roger Eubanks returned gunfire Tuesday night. Police say Sutton was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say a McCrory police officer has died from his injuries after his patrol car collided with a deer in Woodruff County.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says Officer Robert Aaron Barker died at a Searcy hospital after the collision Thursday morning. Sadler says Barker was responding to a call at about 5 a.m. to assist a Woodruff County sheriff's deputy when he struck the deer.

The crash happened on Arkansas 17 south of Patterson.

Barker was 26. He was a four-year veteran of the McCrory Police Department.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner speaking to the Political Animals Club
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Little Rock’s Chief of Police gave a wide-ranging speech Wednesday that touched on community policing, crime, department policies, and his opposition to medical marijuana ballot proposals. 

Chief Kenton Buckner addressed members of the Political Animals Club at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Judge Wendell Griffen at Truthful Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Judge Wendell Griffen is calling some of Little Rock’s most prominent black leaders “enablers” of a “deeply racist” system following a failed vote to require police officers to live in the city they have pledged to protect. The Little Rock City Board of Directors voted down a residency requirement on Tuesday along racial lines but approved a package offering incentives for living in the city to new hires across all the city’s departments.

Billy Monroe Jones
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

A man accused of fatally shooting an Arkansas sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge.

Billy Monroe Jones was arraigned Wednesday morning in last week's shooting death of Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper. Jones is also charged with 10 counts of attempted capital murder for shots fired at law enforcement officers. He's accused of shooting a police dog and has been charged with one felony count of killing or injuring an animal used by law enforcement.

Police dog Kina
Greenwood Police Department / Facebook

The Greenwood Police Department says a police dog that ran away after being wounded during a shooting that killed a Sebastian County deputy and wounded the Hackett police chief has been found.

Greenwood police spokeswoman Kristin Faulkenberry told reporters the dog Kina "was up and walking" when searchers found her Friday morning near where the shooting took place near Hackett.

Police said the dog had two gunshot wounds and was taken to a veterinarian, but appeared to be recovering.

Sebastian COunty Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

Funeral arrangements have been set for a deputy who was killed while responding to a disturbance call at a rural west Arkansas home.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office said a funeral for Deputy Bill Cooper will be held Tuesday at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith.

Cooper died Wednesday after he was shot while responding to a home near Hackett, about 115 miles west of Little Rock. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also wounded. The suspect's father had called authorities after he said the man pulled a gun on him.

Sebastian COunty Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

A Sebastian County sheriff's deputy has died, while a west Arkansas town's police chief was injured Wednesday when a man opened fire on officers. A police dog was also struck by gunfire.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says Deputy Bill Cooper was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m.  He said Cooper had been a deputy since 2001. The other law enforcement officer, Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, had "superficial wounds."

Authorities say an Arkansas man tried to enter a Walt Disney World park with a gun, then lied about being a police officer.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Kevin Webb was charged with falsely impersonating an officer and carrying a concealed firearm.

An arrest affidavit says Webb was selected to go through a metal detector Monday when he tried to enter the Magic Kingdom park. When he was stopped for his gun, Webb told a guard he was an off-duty officer and displayed police identification.

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