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story.lead_photo.caption LEFT: Stone County sheriff's office Sgt. Mike Stephen is shown in this 2016 file photo. RIGHT: Police investigate the scene of a shooting that killed Stephen and another person and wounded a woman on Thursday morning in Stone County.

3:40 p.m. UPDATE:

Police are questioning a woman who was injured in a shooting that also killed two people, including an Arkansas sheriff's deputy.

Authorities were called shortly after 8 a.m. to 2020 Flag Road in rural southwestern Stone County.

Stone County Sgt. Mike Stephen arrived shortly before 8:40 a.m. He and the suspect were both killed by gunfire and a woman was injured, though additional details about how the shooting played out weren't immediately known. Authorities didn't identify the suspect or the woman.

Bill Sadler, a spokesman for Arkansas State Police, asked for patience while the investigation progresses.

"Rural Arkansas is a challenge sometimes," he said. "But the call came in and the call was answered."

1:22 p.m. UPDATE:

Arkansas State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, said she was notified by a friend in law enforcement Thursday morning that the deputy killed in a Stone County shooting was Sgt. Mike Stephen.

Two people, including the deputy, were killed and a third was injured in the shooting, authorities have said.

Irvin said she was good friends with Stephen.

"I'm shocked by this," she said. "This just doesn't happen. I know people always say that, but Stone County is just such a tight-knit community."

Irvin said Stephen lived in Pineville, just across the county line in Izard County.

"He was an incredible man," she said. "He was a lifelong law enforcement officer. He was in the Army. He was a volunteer fireman. Everybody loved him."

Irvin said Stephen had come to the state Capitol in Little Rock to testify on issues facing law enforcement.

"It never stopped for him," said Irvin. "It was a lifelong passion 24/7. It didn't stop at the Stone County sheriff's office. He was always trying to protect the community and the people he served. He used his expertise and he just helped everyone he could to make sure the public was protected. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful family man."

Irvin said Stephen lost a son in an automobile accident a year and a half ago.

EARLIER:

A Stone County sheriff's deputy is among two people killed in what is believed to be an officer-involved shooting, the Arkansas State Police said. A third person is wounded, authorities said.

The Stone County Office of Emergency Management wrote on Twitter Thursday at 10 a.m that anyone near 2020 Flag Road should stay away from the area because there had been a police shooting with "possibly multiple people down." Minutes later, the same account tweeted out that the scene was secure and that the shooter was down.

The Arkansas State Police confirmed at 11 a.m. that a deputy and another individual were dead and another person was injured in a shooting.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been asked to investigate the incident, which occurred in southwest Stone County near the Van Buren County line.

An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter is headed to the scene. Check back for updates.

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  • SJB
    July 18, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.

    Prayers for the family!

  • Packman
    July 18, 2019 at 1:38 p.m.

    This really sucks. Keeping good thoughts for the family.

  • reality1963
    July 18, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.

    Thank you for your service, sir. Prayers to family

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    July 18, 2019 at 3:38 p.m.

    so sorry for the family. but where is the rest of the story ?????? hello reporters ???? was he responding to a call or had pulled someone over. was he serving a warrant ? good grief.. where is the story ? did this reporter just take info off of twitter ? its 3:37 pm. and that's all you've got ?

  • GeneralMac
    July 18, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.

    (2nd paragraph)......." authorities were called "

    DOMESTIC DISPUTE written all over it.

  • LR1955
    July 18, 2019 at 5:34 p.m.

    Sounds like a domestic violence situation.

  • LRDawg
    July 18, 2019 at 10:08 p.m.

    Seems like rural guys always get off shots at policemen.....urban guys are killed unarmed. Wonder why? #whiteprivilege

  • reality1963
    July 19, 2019 at 6:33 a.m.

    LR Dawg- because of the % of getting shot in the hood is probably 5x, as an officer being shot in a rural area. They are prepared because of statistics that show they are more likely to be shot in thugtown. Hell, look at what blacks do every night in Chicago, LR, PB, Blytheville........ looks like you would be concerned about that, also. Always about race with you. Sad life.

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