Witnesses: Slain Ark. officer saved partner's life

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 3:43 PM
Source: Associated Press

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TRUMANN, Ark. - An Arkansas couple says a policeman killed during a late night traffic stop pushed his colleague out of harm's way despite having been shot in the neck.

Keith Elumbaugh says Trumann police stopped his car shortly before midnight Tuesday while he and his girlfriend gave 37-year-old shooting suspect Jerry Lard Lard's female friend a ride home.

Elumbaugh and girlfriend April Swanner told The Associated Press on Wednesday that police handcuffed him and Lard's friend on unrelated warrants and that Lard opened fire from the back seat.

Thirty-year-old Officer Jonathan Schmidt was shot in the neck but managed to push Sgt. Corey Overstreet out of the way. Schmidt later died from his injuries.

Police say Lard was wounded. His condition is unknown.


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