SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ar. (KHBS/KHOG-TV) – UPDATE: Law enforcement have captured Billy Jones, a man suspected of shooting two a police chief and a deputy in Sebastian County this morning, according to Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck.
Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells and Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper were identified as two people shot. Chief Spells had “superficial wounds,” said Sheriff Hollenbeck.
Two pounds of Tannerite were found in the suspect’s home, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department. The bomb squad is on the scene.
Suspect Billy Jones had a license for explosives, Sgt. Grubbs said.
Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells is expected to recover and will be “OK,” Sebastian County Judge David Hudson told 40/29 News.
There is no confirmed word on the condition of Deputy Bill Cooper.
The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect as Billy Jones of Greenwood. He was described as having negative feelings towards law enforcement.
Billy Jones was barricaded inside his home, according to Phillip Peevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department. Officials were attempting to negotiate with Jones. The situation started when Jones’s father called police because he was concerned about his son, the county said.
Neighbors told 40/29 News they know Billy Jones and his family, and they own a large number of weapons at their home. Neighbors also said there is a strip pit behind the home.
The shooting happened near Highway 253, in the area where Boone and Mockingbird Lane are. Law enforcement asked people to stay away from the area.
The chief and the deputy were brought by ambulance to Sparks Medical Center, a hospital official confirmed.
A police chaplain arrived at Sparks Medical Center, law enforcement told 40/29 News. Other law enforcement is also at the hospital.
Several law enforcement agencies from local counties and police departments across the River Valley, including Crawford, Logan and Scott counties. At least three helicopters were also sent to the scene.
Court documents show Jones was arrested in February on charges of Possession of a Firearm after having been previously convicted of a felony, and of Possession of Oxycodone. He pleaded not guilty to those charges, according to the documents.
The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office posted “We ask that you please pray for the officers and their families that were involved in this morning’s shooting.”