STONE COUNTY, Ark.- Arkansas State Police have identified the deputy killed Thursday in a deputy-involved shooting in Stone County.
According to Arkansas State Police, Deputy Mike Stephen, 56, was shot and killed while responding to a call at a home in the 2000 block of Flag Road.
Investigators say the Stone County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a domestic welfare check shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, and Stephen responded around 8:40 a.m.
Investigators also say a male suspect was also killed. The suspect will not be identified until next of kin is notified.
A woman was injured and taken by private vehicle to a local hospital, investigators say. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
The bodies of the deputy and the suspect will be taken to the State Crime Lab.
According to Chief Deputy Zachary Alexander, Stephen was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran.
Stephen was also Chief of the Pineyville Fire Department, Chief Deputy Alexander said.
Alexander said his leadership will be missed and he was a big asset to the department.
Alexander said this was the first death in the line of duty for the department.
Arkansas State Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit is leading the case.
STONE COUNTY, Ark. – Two individuals are dead and one wounded in what is believed to be a law enforcement officer involved shooting incident. One of the deceased is a Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been requested to investigate the incident which occurred in southwest Stone County near the Van Buren County line.
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