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Saturday 19 August 2017

Man suspected of triple murder surrenders after stand-off with police

Police were called to a disturbance at a home near Dardanelle, 65 miles west of Little Rock
Police were called to a disturbance at a home near Dardanelle, 65 miles west of Little Rock

A man suspected of gunning down a sheriff's deputy and killing two other people has surrendered after a five-hour stand-off with police, authorities said.

James Michael Bowden, 32, gave himself up after releasing a woman he had apparently been holding hostage inside the home where two females were found dead, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said during a news conference.

Investigators are questioning the woman.

Authorities said Bowden is suspected of killing Yell County Sheriff's Lieutenant Kevin C Mainhart during a traffic stop.

Lt Mainhart was responding to a call about a disturbance at the home near Dardanelle, about 65 miles west of Little Rock.

Investigators have not released the names or ages of the female victims, or said how they were killed.

Lt Mainhart had been an officer in Yell County for five years. He had previously worked for West Memphis Police Department for more than 20 years, according to a police news release.

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey said Lt Mainhart was a great father and husband, as well as an excellent officer.

KATV broadcast an interview it said was with the suspect's father, James Bowden Sr, in which he said the incident stemmed from an argument his son had with his girlfriend.

Bowden's father also told the TV station that the deputy had fired a Taser at the suspect, who allegedly thought he had been shot and fired back, fatally wounding the officer.

The suspect's father said the woman who was apparently being held hostage was Bowden's girlfriend.

Governor Asa Hutchinson and attorney general Leslie Rutledge expressed their condolences to the deputy's family and praised his 25 years in law enforcement.

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