Arkansas Law Enforcement

Police dog Kina
Greenwood Police Department / Facebook

The Greenwood Police Department says a police dog that ran away after being wounded during a shooting that killed a Sebastian County deputy and wounded the Hackett police chief has been found.

Greenwood police spokeswoman Kristin Faulkenberry told reporters the dog Kina "was up and walking" when searchers found her Friday morning near where the shooting took place near Hackett.

Police said the dog had two gunshot wounds and was taken to a veterinarian, but appeared to be recovering.

Sebastian COunty Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

Funeral arrangements have been set for a deputy who was killed while responding to a disturbance call at a rural west Arkansas home.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office said a funeral for Deputy Bill Cooper will be held Tuesday at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith.

Cooper died Wednesday after he was shot while responding to a home near Hackett, about 115 miles west of Little Rock. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also wounded. The suspect's father had called authorities after he said the man pulled a gun on him.

Sebastian COunty Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

A Sebastian County sheriff's deputy has died, while a west Arkansas town's police chief was injured Wednesday when a man opened fire on officers. A police dog was also struck by gunfire.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says Deputy Bill Cooper was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m.  He said Cooper had been a deputy since 2001. The other law enforcement officer, Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells, had "superficial wounds."

Authorities say an Arkansas man tried to enter a Walt Disney World park with a gun, then lied about being a police officer.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Kevin Webb was charged with falsely impersonating an officer and carrying a concealed firearm.

An arrest affidavit says Webb was selected to go through a metal detector Monday when he tried to enter the Magic Kingdom park. When he was stopped for his gun, Webb told a guard he was an off-duty officer and displayed police identification.

Authorities say an Arkansas State Police trooper was seriously injured after his patrol car was struck by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 40. The driver of the other vehicle was killed.

State police say Trooper Roy Moomey's car was hit shortly before 4 a.m. Monday on the interstate near Alma. Moomey had been responding to a call of a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on the interstate.

State police say the trooper was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Troopers are working to identify the driver of the other vehicle.

Judge Wendell Griffen at Truthful Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

An outspoken Arkansas circuit court judge says there is systematic injustice in law enforcement.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen along with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other officials gathered for a community forum called We Speak! Monday night in Jacksonville to discuss issues around policing and the black community.

Police In Arkansas Meeting With Black Communities To Improve Relations

Aug 1, 2016
Jonesboro Police
Jonesboro Police Department

Recent police-involved shootings and the targeting of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge has the nation on edge. Black communities and law enforcement throughout the country are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other, including in Arkansas.

Monroe County authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a shooting at a Clarendon police officer.

Sheriff Michael Neal says the 23-year-old suspect from Clarendon was arrested Monday night on four counts of committing terroristic acts and four counts of aggravated assault for opening fire as the officer arrived home Saturday.

The officer was not injured, but the house was struck by gunfire in what Neal called an ambush attack.

Online court records on Tuesday did not show that formal charges have been filed.

Little Rock Police
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An ordinance that would require officers with the Little Rock Police Department to reside within the city is to eventually be presented to the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Toney Orr, a community activist, says having police live in Little Rock would help them connect with the communities they serve.

Arkansas says it has a new supply of a drug used for lethal injections that had expired last month, potentially clearing the way for the state to resume executions after a decade-long hiatus.

The state Department of Correction on Tuesday said it had received a supply of vecuronium bromide with an expiration date of March 1, 2018. The state's previous supply of the paralytic expired on June 30.

The announcement comes less than a month after the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a state law that keeps information about lethal injection drugs confidential.

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