Arkansas police officer slain; search ongoing for suspect

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) – A police officer has been shot and killed in a small northeastern Arkansas town, and a manhunt is underway for the suspect.

The shooting was reported about 7:30 p.m. Monday in Newport, about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

According to an Arkansas State Police statement, 41-year-old Newport police Lt. Patrick Weatherford died shortly afterward at an area hospital.

State Police say Weatherford was a 15-year department veteran.

Arkansas State Police have taken the lead in the investigation. No other information was immediately available.

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