Deputy killed in Arkansas officer-involved shooting identified

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Update: STONE COUNTY, Ark. – Arkansas State Police have identified the deputy killed Thursday in a deputy-involved shooting in Stone County.

Mike Stephen, Stone Co. Sheriff’s Office deputy

According to Arkansas State Police, Deputy Mike Stephen, 56, was shot and killed while responding to a call at a home in the 2000 block of Flag Road.

Investigators say the Stone County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a domestic welfare check shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, and Stephen responded around 8:40 a.m.

Investigators also say a male suspect was also killed. The suspect will not be identified until next of kin is notified.

A woman was injured and taken by private vehicle to a local hospital, investigators say. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

The bodies of the deputy and the suspect will be taken to the State Crime Lab.

According to Chief Deputy Zachary Alexander, Stephen was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran.

Courtesy: Ouachita Fire Department

Stephen was also Chief of the Pineyville Fire Department, Chief Deputy Alexander said.

Alexander said his leadership will be missed and he was a big asset to the department.

Alexander said this was the first death in the line of duty for the department.

Arkansas State Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit is leading the case.


The Stone County Office of Emergency Management posted the following to social media less than an hour after first reporting the incident:

“We are sad to report that the coroner has been called to the scene for the deputy involved in the shooting we are asking for prayers for all involved and for the deputy’s family.”

Original story:

STONE COUNTY, Ark. – An officer-involved shooting is being reported this morning by the Stone County Office of Emergency Management.

The agency posted to social media around 9:30 a.m. :


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