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Police: Suspected intruder fatally shot by Arkansas homeowner

by Gavin Lesnick | February 23, 2018 at 12:23 p.m.

A 40-year-old man who was fatally shot Thursday night appears to have been killed during a home invasion, Arkansas State Police said, citing a preliminary investigation.

Authorities said "initial statements" gathered at the scene indicated that Jeffery L. Baker "forcefully entered" a home on South LaSalle Street in Rector, after which the homeowner shot him.

Baker died at the scene. His body, which police found in the home around 8:10 p.m., was sent to the state Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

The homeowner wasn't identified in a state police news release. A statement from the Clay County sheriff's office said that a "person of interest" was interviewed, and it noted that state police are still investigating.

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