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Two Police Officers Shot In Arkansas

| by Nicholas Roberts

Two police officers in Arkansas, a deputy and a police chief, were shot on the morning of Aug. 10.  

Billy Monroe Jones, 34, is suspected of shooting the two officers, according to KFSM. Jones had barricaded himself inside his home in Greenwood, and was in a standoff with officers. He later surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody.

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One of the officers shot is the Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells. The other is Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper.

The deputy is said to be in critical condition. Spells is expected to recover, KHBS reports. Spells left the hospital shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 and it was confirmed by two sources, his mother and a police chaplain, that he is OK.

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The shooting happened at roughly 7:15 a.m. Jones is described has having negative feelings about law enforcement, while neighbors told KHBS that Jones' family owns a large number of weapons.

Law enforcement officials in Sebastian County say Jones was not being cooperative and possessed a semiautomatic weapon.  Emergency medical services from Sebastian County and Fort Smith were at the scene.

Court documents reveal that Jones has been previously arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as oxycodone possession.

Sources: 40/29 News, KFSM / Photo credit: KFSM

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