Update: New details released in deadly Arkansas deputy shooting that also killed suspect

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UPDATE: (7/19/19) STONE COUNTY, Ark. – New details are being released in the deadly officer-involved shooting Thursday that left a local deputy and another person dead.

Here are details from an Arkansas State Police news release issued late Friday morning:

Samuel Fullerton, 39, of 2021 Flag Road, Leslie, has been identified as the deceased suspect in yesterday’s Stone County officer-involved shooting.

Erika Johnson, 32, a resident at the Flag Road address, has been identified as the female who was wounded in the shooting incident. Her wound was reported to be not life-threatening.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their work today investigating the shooting incident. Upon completion of their investigation the case file will be presented to the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration with respect to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

The body of Stone County Deputy Sheriff Mike Stephen was released from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory this morning following an autopsy. Forensic evidence recovered at the scene has also been submitted to the crime lab for analysis.

For purposes of clarification, based on questions that followed yesterday’s news conference, two Stone County Sheriff’s Office deputies in addition to Deputy Stephen were present as gunfire erupted at the scene. Deputy Stephen had been dispatched to the home for purposes of a welfare check stemming from an alleged disturbance.


Update:
STONE COUNTY, Ark. – A local sheriff’s deputy has been killed in an officer-involved shooting.

The Stone County Office of Emergency Management posted the following to social media less than an hour after first reporting the incident:

“We are sad to report that the coroner has been called to the scene for the deputy involved in the shooting we are asking for prayers for all involved and for the deputy’s family.”

Original story:

STONE COUNTY, Ark. – An officer-involved shooting is being reported this morning by the Stone County Office of Emergency Management.

The agency posted to social media around 9:30 a.m. :

Scene is secure at this Time, shooter is down https://t.co/6YuEw6AJqf— Stone County Office of Emergency Management (@county_of) July 18, 2019

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