An Arkansas sheriff's deputy was killed Thursday morning in a shooting that left one other person wounded and the suspected killer dead, police said.
Deputy Mike Stephens, 56, was identified as the Stone County (AR) Sheriff's deputy that was killed in the incident, Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said at a press conference. The suspected shooter was also killed in the incident, but it was not immediately clear whether he took his own life or if he was shot by other deputies. He has not been identified, reports ABC News.
Stephens was a 20-year-veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran, Stone County Chief Deputy Sheriff Zach Alexander said at the press conference. "Every action that he's ever done, he always would be the first guy in somewhere and last one out," Alexander said.
Authorities were called to a home in the rural area of Leslie, AR, at 8:02 a.m. over a domestic welfare check, Sadler said. Stephens arrived at 8:39 a.m. and encountered a female who he began talking to before gunfire quickly erupted.
Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, who was not identified, was wounded and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Sadler.