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Police: Man who tried to intervene in reported hostage situation at Arkansas Walmart fatally shot

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 23, 2018 at 8:21 a.m. Updated April 23, 2018 at 3:52 p.m.

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Gabriel Dartagnan Urrabazo

TRUMANN — Authorities say one man was fatally shot in what's believed to be a domestic dispute outside of a Walmart in northeast Arkansas.

Trumann Police say officers were called to the store Sunday at 512 Industrial Park Drive, where Gabriel Urrabazo, 22, was said to be holding a 21-year-old woman hostage.

As officers began to negotiate with Urrabazo, Robert Highfill, 36, tried to intervene but was shot and killed by the 22-year-old, a statement from the department reads.

Urrabazo then placed the gun to the woman's head while officers pleaded with him and called for assistance, according to police. Eventually, Urrabazo let the 21-year-old go and began to walk away as officers urged him to drop his weapon.

The standoff lasted about 90 minutes until Urrabazo surrendered and was taken into custody.

As of Monday afternoon, Urrabazo was being held at the Poinsett County jail in lieu of $500,000 on a first-degree murder charge, records show. He is scheduled to appear in court May 29.

Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson encouraged anyone with video to come forward, noting that the shooting happened at "the most populous place in Trumann," a small town about 120 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Arkansas Online reporter Rachel Herzog contributed to this report.

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BOLTAR says... April 23, 2018 at 10:50 a.m.

How tragic. As a young cop, I was taught that interventions in domestic disputes are among the most dangerous. This well-meaning friend paid an awful price because an angry man had a gun at hand.

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LRDawg says... April 23, 2018 at 1:21 p.m.

Guns = Death. Nothing "good" about them. Only death and destruction

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gagewatcher says... April 23, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

lrdawg i beg to differ when cattle are nervously bawling in the middle of the night and you can hear the coyotes howling in the distance a gun is a ranchers best friend.

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LRDawg says... April 23, 2018 at 5:16 p.m.

Ever heard of a barn?

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calayes says... April 23, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Not a barn big enough to hold all your cattle of you have a decent size operation.

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Packman says... April 23, 2018 at 7:23 p.m.

So, Dawgs, do you propose all 300 million or so guns currently in the hands of law abiding citizens be confiscated by the government, or are you just running your mouth?

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obbie says... April 24, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

...and no (mentioned) witnesses? Hmmm....

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