The Washington County (AR) Sheriff's Office on Friday reluctantly released the preliminary findings from the state's medical examiner's office and a series of five surveillance videos that showed the sequence of events surrounding the killing of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr as he sat in a patrol vehicle outside the police station earlier this month.
The agency posted several videos to its Facebook page, one of which shows the ambush attack that resulted in the death of Officer Carr.
The agency said in its post, "We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident along with the results of the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s preliminary findings."
The post continued, "Our concern, first and foremost, is for the family of Officer Carr, so prior to sharing any of this information publicly, it was first shared with them.
The autopsy of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr has been completed by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner, and preliminary findings revealed Officer Carr was shot 10 times in the head. The medical examiner said that any one of the shots would have been fatal.
Immediately after the fatal attack, other officers ran from inside the station to investigate. They soon encountered the gunman—identified as 35-year-old Landon Phillips—and engaged in a gunfight, fatally wounding him.
Searches of the assailant's social media accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups.