State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

Kevin Mainhart

The state police say Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, of the Yell County Sheriff's Office, was fatally shot Thursday morning during the traffic stop near Dardanelle, about 65 miles west of Little Rock.

The suspect, James Michael Bowden, 32, took shelter in the home, about 5 miles southwest of the small city of Dardanelle, police said. Sheriff Bill Gilkey said at the news conference.

Bowden faces three counts of capital murder in the killings of 46-year-old Yell County sheriff's deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart, a five-year employee of the agency, as well as two other female victims.

YELL COUNTY, Ark. - A sheriff's deputy is reported as one of three people shot in this morning's incident in Chickalah. The suspect's father said the woman, who was apparently being held hostage, is Bowden's girlfriend. He had previously worked for the West Memphis Police Department for more than twenty years, according to a State Police news release.

An earlier version of this story was corrected to show the deaths happened about 65 miles west of Little Rock, not 170 miles west.

When police found his body, they found the bodies of two other people who had been killed.




The ASP said Bowden had been holed up inside the home since at least 10 a.m. and SWAT officers had been negotiating with him.

A suspect in the deaths in rural Arkansas of three people, including a sheriff's deputy, was arrested Thursday afternoon after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement, Arkansas State Police said.

Bowden's father also told the TV station that the deputy had fired a Taser at the suspect, who allegedly thought he had been shot and then fired back, fatally wounding the officer.

As other local officers arrived at the Gum Springs address, the bodies of two other individuals were found outside the home. "This deputy checked in for duty this morning not even realizing that this would be his last call".

The stop came after the deputy identified a vehicle believed to have been linked to a disturbance call at the Gum Springs Road residence.

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