Officer dies after shooting in Arkansas
HACKETT, Ark. - An Arkansas sheriff says a man suspected of shooting and killing a deputy had wanted to cause a "ruckus" ahead of a court appearance.
Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said Wednesday that 34-year-old Billy Monroe Jones had pointed a weapon at his father, who called 911. The sheriff said responding officers found Jones with a rifle and body armor and that Jones fired at Deputy Bill Cooper and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, among others.
Cooper died. Spells suffered superficial wounds. Hollenbeck said Cooper was around age 65 and expected to retire soon.
The sheriff said Jones was due in a Fort Smith courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on whether a previous suspended sentence should be revoked. Court records show he has had a drug conviction along with a handful of minor charges.
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