Fayetteville-AR- A police officer in Arkansas was shot and killed Saturday night while sitting in his patrol vehicle outside of the police station.
The suspect was gunned down by responding officers in a nearby alley.
During a news conference, The Fayetteville Police Department said the incident happened around 9:42 p.m. when officers inside the station heard gunshots, went outside and heard additional gunshots before they encountered a suspect behind the station fleeing the area.
After a confrontation with the suspect where the suspect was shot and killed, officers then found Officer Stephan Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.
“It appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,” Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said at a brief news conference.
Reynolds told reporters that the suspect, 35-year-old London Phillips, of Fayetteville, was chased into an alley between the police department and the city prosecutor's office. Officers then "engaged the suspect," and shots were fired, injuring Phillips.
Three minutes after the shooting was reported, police said that emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but both the officer and suspected shooter died of their injuries.
"Evidence shows that Officer Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle," police said. Reynolds said the officer had been waiting for his partner in the parking lot when the shooting happened.
Carr had been a member of the Fayetteville Police Department since April 2017.
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