Officer Stephen Carr was shot and killed late Saturday by a suspect. (Fayetteville Police Department)
Fayetteville, ARKANSAS — On Saturday, at 9:42 PM, gun shots were heard behind the Fayetteville Police Department. Officers inside the police department immediately responded and heard additional gunshots.
Officers located an armed suspect directly behind the police department, later identified as London T. Phillips 35 of Fayetteville. The armed suspect had a confrontation with officers resulting in the officers firing their weapons at the suspect. Directly following the shooting officers located Officer Stephen Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle, while parked at the police department.
Officers immediately rendered aid to both the officer and suspect. At approximately 9:45PM, Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS arrived on scene and began life saving efforts for both the officer and suspect. Both the wounded officer and suspect succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene.
Evidence shows that Officer Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle. Preliminary investigation also shows that two officers fired at the suspect.
“All I know is that this was a cowardly act. I have no information that leads me to believe that he targeted this officer specifically. He was looking for an officer to kill,” Police Chief Mike Reynolds said during a news conference Sunday.
“He was an all-American boy,” he said. “He came from a law enforcement family. He knew what the job was about and he just wanted to serve his community.”
”I think it just proves that we’re not immune and that officers are being targeted every day throughout our country. It’s just unfortunate.”
The Fayetteville Police Department has requested that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) conduct an independent investigation.
Officer Stephen Carr was hired at the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 2017. Officer Carr was assigned as a patrol officer, currently working in the Dickson street entertainment district. He served the community for the past 2 ½ years.
In a news release, the Fayetteville Police Department celebrated Carr’s “dedication and professionalism,” calling him a hero.
“We would like to thank our community for their outpouring of support, along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their quick response and assistance,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time.”
The department set up a GoFundMe.com account for the officer’s family.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15: 13.
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers.
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