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White Man Accused Of Shooting Cops, No Outrage? (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A white male suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy and wounding a police chief was taken into custody on Aug. 10 in Sebastian County, Arkansas (video below).

While shootings of police officers by black men this year have caused national outrage and spurred calls for "Blue Lives Matter," the case of Billy Monroe Jones sounded almost folksy, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck told journalists: "Jones wanted to cause what was told to us as a 'ruckus' and he was due in court in Fort Smith regarding a petition to revoke a suspended sentence charge."

There was also no mention of Jones' religious beliefs, as is almost always the case with Muslim suspects, nor were there any suggestions of terrorism.

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Hollenbeck said that went to his father's house to get some tools on Aug. 10, and allegedly pointed a firearm at his father who subsequently called 911.

Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells were with officers who responded to the call, and reportedly found Jones armed with a high-caliber rifle and wearing body armor.

Jones allegedly shot and killed Cooper, and wounded Spells.

Jones barricaded himself in his father's house for nearly four hours while authorities waited outside.

Jones reportedly shot a police robot that was doing surveillance of the situation, and wounded a police dog that ran off.

Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs told KHBS that Jones had police pinned down with gunfire, so a military-style MRAP vehicle was brought in; police saw a nearby car and disabled it with bullets during the stand off.

Jones then walked out of his dad's home while holding a white surrender flag with his hands up; he was not shot by police.

There has not be any discussion of possible white hatred against police, as often accompanies shootings of police by black people.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said in a statement:

I am deeply saddened by the news that Sebastian County Sheriffs Deputy Bill Cooper has passed away after being shot in the line of duty this morning. Today’s shooting incident, which also resulted in injuries to Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells, tragically illustrates the dangers our law enforcement officers face each and every day to keep us safe.

On behalf of all Arkansans, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to Deputy Cooper’s loved ones and our entire law enforcement community. We stand with you during this difficult time.

In July, Hutchinson issued this statement regarding the police shootings in Dallas by a black suspect, noted the Arkansas Times:

My heart is with the City of Dallas, its people and the law enforcement community today. This was a senseless act of hatred -- the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11 -- and should serve as a reminder that our first responders put themselves in harm’s way every day. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice.

My prayers are with all the victims of violence from this last week. My hope for Arkansas is that we will be united in reducing violence, supporting law enforcement and restoring civility and respect in our communities.

Sources: AP via ABC News, Arkansas Times, KHBS / Photo credit: KHBS via YouTube

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