The Latest: Arkansas officer who was shot in neck has died

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

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 (http://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 (http://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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