Arkansas State Police: Deputy Among Three Killed In Yell County Shooting; Suspect In Custody

A Yell County deputy was among three people who were killed in a shooting on Thursday morning (May 11), and the shooting suspect has been taken into custody.

Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart, 46, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop a little after 7 a.m., said Bill Sadler, Arkansas State Police public information officer. The incident happened at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Slow Fork Road near Chickalah in Yell County.

The suspect has been identified as James Bowden, 32, of Dardanelle. At this time, Bowden is facing three counts of capital murder, according to ASP.

Mainhart was on his way to a domestic disturbance call on Gum Springs Road, not far from the traffic stop. A civilian saw that the deputy had been shot and notified police.

Two bodies, both females, were found at the Gum Springs Road home, Sadler said. Their identities are not being released at this time.

Bowden held hostages in a standoff with police for several hours at another residence nearby. Sadler said Bowden let one female hostage go during the standoff and she is being questioned.

He was taken into custody about 2:45 p.m.

Mainhart had spent five years in the Yell County Sheriff’s Office, and has been a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years, according to an ASP press release. He previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department.

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