Arkansas Police Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested
April 13, 2011
TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police say a 30-year-old officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop and that they’ve arrested the shooter.
Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher told Jonesboro television station KAIT that the suspect shot and killed officer Jonathan Schmidt at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in Poinsett County as Schmidt and another officer were approaching the vehicle. Trumann is about 125 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Rusher did not disclose the suspect’s identity or say why police stopped the vehicle. He did not respond to phone messages Wednesday from The Associated Press seeking comment, but his department said he would issue a statement later.
State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says the agency is investigating the incident.
Schmidt joined the police force in 2007.