LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the statement below in response to the shooting death of Sebastian County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Cooper. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also shot during this morning’s incident.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the news that Sebastian County Sheriffs Deputy Bill Cooper has passed away after being shot in the line of duty this morning. Today’s shooting incident, which also resulted in injuries to Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells, tragically illustrates the dangers our law enforcement officers face each and every day to keep us safe.
“On behalf of all Arkansans, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to Deputy Cooper’s loved ones and our entire law enforcement community. We stand with you during this difficult time.”