LITTLE ROCK — Authorities have identified two people they believe were killed Thursday by a man who also killed a Yell County sheriff’s deputy.
The bodies of Rita Miller, 61, and Ciera Miller, 17, were found outside a residence in the 12000 block of Gum Springs Road west of Dardanelle, the Arkansas State Police said Friday. Investigators believe James Arthur Bowden, 42, shot and killed the two after he was involved in a traffic stop in which he shot and killed Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, of the Yell County Sheriff’s Office.
The agency previously released a different middle name and age for Bowden and a different address for the residence. That information was incorrect, it said Friday.
State police did not release a suspected motive for the killings of Rita and Ciera Miller. They said Bowden was being held in all three slayings.
The agency said the incident began with a call about a disturbance at the residence. At 7:18 a.m. Thursday, Mainhart stopped a vehicle he thought was associated with the call on Arkansas 27. Investigators believe Bowden shot and fatally wounded Mainhart during the traffic stop.
A passing motorist later reported that Mainhart had been shot.
State police and local officers went to the residence and found the bodies of Rita and Ciera Miller outside it. They took Bowden into custody at the residence after a five-hour standoff. A hostage authorities said Bowden was holding, Haley McHam, 31, of Yell County, was not harmed.
Mainhart had served with the Yell County Sheriff’s Office for five years and previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department after 20 years.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation Friday calling for Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff until Mainhart is buried.
Mainhart “lived his life trying to make the world safer, and the state of Arkansas recognizes his contributions to that esteemed goal,” Hutchinson said in the proclamation. “Lieutenant Mainhart will remain an example for all who wish to serve, and we are grateful for his life, actions and memory.”