Arkansas Walmart shooting: Suspect killed, two officers wounded


Arkansas Walmart shooting: Suspect killed, two officers wounded.

Two officers were wounded and a suspect was killed during a shooting at a Walmart in eastern Arkansas on Monday, local officials said.

The shooting in the store in Forrest City took place shortly before 10:30 a.m., Mayor Cedric Williams told reporters.

Williams said the officers engaged the suspect and confirmed that the unidentified suspect died.

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“It’s due to their heroism and quick response that no civilians were injured,” he said during a press conference.

Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said the suspect was making threats and “talking out of his head,” prompting officers to approach him in the grocery section of the store.

The police chief commended his officers for getting to the scene quickly, saying it could have been “a whole lot worse.”

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Lee confirmed that Detective Eugene Watlington was transported to Regional One in Memphis, Tenn., and is in surgery, adding that “it seems he’s going to be OK.” Lt. Eric Varner was treated and released from a local hospital, he added.

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Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police, told The Hill in a statement that the department was asked to investigate the shooting.

Scott Pope, a spokesman for Walmart, told The Hill the company was “aware of the incident” and “will continue to work with the Forrest City Police Department to assist in their investigation.”


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