LITTLE ROCK — A man suspected of killing three people in Yell County, including a sheriff’s deputy, was taken into custody Thursday after a five-hour standoff, authorities said.
James Michael Bowden, 32, was arrested at 2:40 p.m. after a five-hour standoff with the Arkansas State police and local law enforcement agencies, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.
At 7:18 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, of the Yell County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle that was believed to be associated with a disturbance call. Mainhart stopped the vehicle on Arkansas 27 near the junction of Slo-Fork Road.
During the traffic stop, Mainhart was shot and killed. A passing motorist notified authorities a short time later that Mainhart had been shot.
Shortly before 10 a.m., officers located Bowden at the residence that was the subject of the disturbance call in the 10000 block of Gum Springs Road, and the standoff and Bowden’s ultimate arrest ensued.
Two other people, whose names had not been released by Thursday evening, were found dead at the residence, according to state police.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement Thursday, “Tonight, we send our deepest sympathies to the family of Lt. Kevin Mainhart of the Yell County Sherriff’s Department, who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier today. Lt. Mainhart’s 25-year career in law enforcement in West Memphis and Yell County made Arkansas a safer place. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Mainhart family and all those who put their own lives in danger to serve and protect.”
Lt. Tim Griffin said in a statement, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart and the families of the other victims. So many have been affected by this senseless tragedy. Today, Arkansans collectively grieve for the loss of Lt. Mainhart in the line of duty and recognize his sacrifice, the sacrifice of his family and the danger faced by law enforcement on a daily basis.”
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said, “As Arkansas’ chief law enforcement officer, I extend my thoughts and prayers to Lt. Mainhart’s family, friends and brothers and sisters in law enforcement across our state, as well as the others who have been injured, brutally attacked and killed in today’s tragic incident in Chickalah.”