At approximately 7:00 a.m. local time, a 911 call was made by the father of 35-year-old Billy Monroe Jones. Jones had reportedly pulled a gun on his father. Police were dispatched to Jones’ home in Sebastian County, Arkansas, and found him holding a rifle and wearing body armor.
Officers were fired upon and took cover according to Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck who held a press conference today regarding the events that had occurred.
Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells and Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper were both shot. Spells was treated for his injuries and released, however Deputy Cooper died as a result of his injuries.
A K-9 with the Greenwood Police Department was also shot during the exchange of gunfire with the suspect Jones. The K-9’s injuries have not been identified.
Several officers were pinned down by gunfire outside Jones’s home. Jones was shooting with a high-caliber rifle.
To avoid the shots, law enforcement brought in an MRAP vehicle and parked it in front of the house, to use as a shield.
Police sent in a robot from the Ft. Smith Bomb Squad to do surveillance on the home. Jones fired at the robot. One officer on the scene stated the robot was “shot up.”
There was a car nearby the home that police worried Jones could use as a getaway vehicle. Police fired shots at the car to disable it. After the car was disabled, Jones came out with his hands up and a white surrender flag.
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