- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HACKETT, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of two law enforcement officers in western Arkansas (all times local):

4 p.m.

A man suspected of shooting two law enforcement officers, killing one and wounding the other, also shot a police robot and a police dog.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said 34-year-old Billy Monroe Jones shot and disabled the robot that was being used to confirm Jones was inside the home where he was holding officers at bay.

Hollenbeck said the police dog was shot during the gunfire and ran from the scene as its handler and other officers scrambled for cover.

The sheriff said the dog apparently ran into a heavily wooded area nearby and had not been found as of Wednesday afternoon.

Killed in the shooting was Deputy Bill Cooper. Hollenbeck said Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells had “superficial wounds” after apparently being grazed by a bullet.

3:45 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he is mourning the loss of a Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said Deputy Bill Cooper died Wednesday after responding to a man’s home near Hackett in far western Arkansas. The suspect’s father had called authorities after the man pulled a gun on him.

Hutchinson said in a statement that he extended condolences to Cooper’s family and the entire law enforcement community. He said Cooper’s death, and the wounding of Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, illustrates the danger that law officers face.

Hollenbeck identified the suspect as 34-year-old Billy Monroe Jones. The sheriff’s office did not say whether any formal charges have been filed.

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3:30 p.m.

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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3:10 p.m.

A county sheriff in Arkansas says an officer who was shot in the neck has died.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says that Deputy Bill Cooper was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. He said Cooper had been a deputy since 2001.

The other officer, Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, had “superficial wounds.”

The suspected shooter surrendered after a standoff with officers about 11:45 a.m. and was arrested. He has not yet been charged.

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12:10 p.m.

The local sheriff says a man suspected of shooting and wounding two Arkansas law enforcement officers has been taken into police custody.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck tells Fort Smith television station KHBS (https://bit.ly/2biHmyK ) that the suspect was arrested Wednesday. Hollenbeck says the man is accused of shooting one of his sheriff’s deputies and a Hackett police officer.

Hollenbeck says the Hackett police officer suffered “superficial” wounds, but he declined to release the condition of the sheriff’s deputy.

Hollenbeck declined any further questions and quickly left the scene to go to a hospital to visit the deputy.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning.

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11:40 a.m.

Investigators say they’re trying to contact a man who has barricaded himself in a house following the shooting of two law enforcement officers in western Arkansas.

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Lt. Philip Pevehouse tells Fort Smith television station KHBS that negotiators are attempting the reach the suspect.

Pevehouse says the man’s father called police earlier Wednesday asking officers to check in on his son, but he didn’t release details about the call. He didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment Wednesday.

Deputies have surrounded a house in a rural, wooded area near Hackett, about 115 miles west of Little Rock.

Sebastian County Judge David Hudson says the two officers who were shot were taken to a hospital. Pevehouse identified the two shot as a sheriff’s deputy and a Hackett police officer.

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11:10 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the shooting of two law enforcement officers in western Arkansas underscores the danger officers face statewide.

The governor says he didn’t have details about the Wednesday morning shooting in Hackett. But he says the incident illustrates how important it is for the community to support law enforcement.

Hutchinson made the comments while at an event in North Little Rock were several lawmakers were speaking. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, whose district includes part of Sebastian County, also didn’t have details about the shooting but echoed the governor’s support for police around Arkansas.

Westerman says: “It’s a shame the price that law enforcement officers are paying right now.”

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10:40 a.m.

A sheriff’s office spokesman says two law enforcement officers have been shot while responding to a call in western Arkansas.

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Philip Pevehouse told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2b6eJqC ) that officers have surrounded a home near Hackett, about 115 miles west of Little Rock. Pevehouse says the shooter is believed to be “holed up” inside.

No details about the officers’ conditions have been released. Sebastian County Judge David Hudson says both were taken to a hospital.

Pevehouse says the shooting happened Wednesday morning as the officers responded to an unspecified call for service. He says a sheriff’s deputy and a Hackett police officer were shot.

Pevehouse couldn’t immediately be reached by The Associated Press. Arkansas State Police is providing assistance but referred calls to local authorities.

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