‘…It appears the suspect executed my officer.’ — Fayetteville (Ark.) Police Chief Mike Reynolds

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — One officer and one suspect are dead in a shooting that happened near the Fayetteville Sqaure Saturday night, Dec. 7.

At 9:40 p.m. the shooting shots were fired in the back parking lot of the Fayetteville Police Department on Rock Street.

The officer was by his patrol car when he was shot and killed.

Several officers were inside and chased the suspect. The suspect was killed in a nearby alley. “…It appears the suspect executed my officer,” Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said.

“These are the details as I know,” Reynolds said.

Officers located an armed suspect directly behind the police department, later identified as London T. Phillips 35 of Fayetteville, police said in a press release Sunday morning.

The armed suspect had a confrontation with officers resulting in the officers firing their weapons at the suspect, the release said. Directly following the shooting, officers located Officer Stephen Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle, while parked at the police department.

Officers immediately rendered aid to both the officer and the suspect, according to police.

At 9:45 p.m., the Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS arrived on scene and began life-saving efforts for both the officer and suspect. Both the wounded officer and suspect died at the scene.

Evidence shows that Officer Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle, according to the police release. Preliminary investigation also shows that two officers, whose names will not be released at this time, fired at the suspect.

Stephen Carr (Fayetteville (Ark.) Police Department)

These officers have been placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with city and police department policy until the Chief of Police is able to review the findings of the investigation.

The Fayetteville Police Department has requested that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct an independent investigation.

Carr, the slain officer, was hired at the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 2017. He was assigned as a patrol officer.

“He served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past 2 ½ years, he is a HERO. We would like to thank our community for their outpouring of support, along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their quick response and assistance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time,” the news release said.

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