A standoff near Hackett, Arkansas ended with a dead suspect, and three local deputies injured. We have the latest information on the deadly shootout.
Information on the Standoff
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on May 7, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office sent officers to shots fired call at a home located near West Highway 10, between Hackett and Greenwood.
An off-duty officer, who lives in the area, apparently heard the disturbance and arrived on the scene. When other deputies arrived, the male suspect barricaded himself in the home.
SWAT surrounded the perimeter, and according to Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck, the suspect fired multiple shots at those officers. He was said to be filing a vehicle with more firearms, as he planned to flee before exchanging fire with police.
The situation quickly escalated into a shootout, and other local police services, including the Barling Police Department, Hackett Police Department, Greenwood Police Department, and Arkansas State Police, assisted.
Injuries, Death, and Questions
The shootout appears to have ended following the suspect’s death. It is currently unknown if the suspect took his own life, or was killed by police.
During the gunfire exchange, three Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office deputies were injured. According to reports, all three were taken to local hospitals with what has been described as non-life-threatening injuries.
As of this writing, police have not stated if there was any reason for the gunfight to begin, beyond their investigation of shots being fired in the home. Arkansas State Police will be handling the investigation going forward.