Policeman ‘ambushed and executed’ in patrol car
A US police officer has been “ambushed and executed” as he sat in his patrol car outside his station in Arkansas.
Officer Stephen Carr was attacked by a gunman in the city of Fayetteville on Saturday evening.
Gunshots were heard behind the police building at about 9.42pm. When officers went to investigate, there were more gunshots.
The armed suspect confronted officers, who chased him into a nearby alleyway where they shot and killed him, before returning to the back of the building and finding Officer Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.
He had been waiting for his partner in the car park when the shooting happened.
Police chief Mike Reynolds told reporters the gunman’s motivation was unknown, adding: “It appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer.”
Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but the officer and suspected gunman died of their injuries.
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The suspect has been named as 35-year-old London Phillips, who lived locally.
Officer Carr had worked at the Fayetteville police department from April 2017. He is understood to have been assigned as a patrol officer in the city’s entertainment district.
He has been hailed a “hero” and his colleagues have said he served with dedication and professionalism.
The FBI and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.