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HELENA-WEST HELENA — Police in eastern Arkansas say an officer shot and killed a man who authorities saw stabbing a woman.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief James Smith told WMC-TV that officers went to a home about 1 a.m. Thursday in search of a man wanted by police.

Smith said when officers arrived they saw a 39-year-old man stabbing a 20-year-old woman. Smith said the officers ordered the man to drop the knife, but he approached an officer, who then fatally shot him.

The police chief did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press.

Smith said the woman also later died. No names were immediately released.

The officer is on paid leave pending an investigation into the shooting.


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  • WeirdThoughtsFromRabidDogs
    April 12, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.

    If the lady had a conceal carry pistol, she might have been able to save her own life instead of being at the mercy of when the police would get there.
    This is a prime example of the Police doing the right thing, but getting there too late to save the victim.

  • MaxCady
    April 12, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.

    No wonder they call that place Hell-Town.

  • LRDawg
    April 12, 2018 at 3:04 p.m.

    Conceal carry holders are killed all the time. Guns don't stop murders....they cause them

  • Delta123
    April 12, 2018 at 3:25 p.m.

    Sounds like knives cause murders LRDawg. You read the story, right?

  • Packman
    April 12, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.

    Hey LRDawg - Nah, you're wrong. But you know who are killed? Defenseless women by bad guys with knives.
    Guns don't stop murders but good guys/gals WITH guns DO stop murders. At least you were partially right, Dawg. BTW, which confederate statue are you tearing down today?