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18-Year-Old Suspect Admits to Killing Arkansas Officer, Faces Capital Murder Charge

June 14, 2017  | 

Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport (AR) Police Department was shot and killed Monday while backing up a fellow officer at a traffic stop. (Photo: Newport PD/Twitter) 
Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport (AR) Police Department was shot and killed Monday while backing up a fellow officer at a traffic stop. (Photo: Newport PD/Twitter) 

Tyler Calamese, an 18-year-old from Newport, AR, has admitted to shooting and killing Newport police lieutenant Patrick Weatherford Monday night, according to Arkansas State Police.

Arkansas State Police confirmed that 41-year-old Lt. Weatherford was shot and killed near the Remmel Park area in Newport. Weatherford was a 15-year veteran of the Newport police force. Investigators said the bullet hit near Lt. Weatherford's heart.

Calamese, who turned himself in to police Monday night, has been charged with capital murder in Lt. Weatherford’s death.

Calamese's grandmother sat in on Wednesday's bond hearing. She said her grandson is innocent.


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BT @ 6/15/2017 2:35 AM

Aren't all son's and grandson's innocent! Of course, they are great people, upstanding citizens, and very law abiding people, until they're found guilty of murder of a police officer. And it's Grandmother who responds. Where is mom & dad? Maybe lost in the system? The two that should be there. Then it's a travesty of justice. Just might have something to do with their upbringing?

Army @ 6/15/2017 1:06 PM

Grandmothers right. The "racist white hick troopers" beat a confession out of him. That must be what happened. (Sarcasm)

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