Two suspects were in custody on Saturday night after an Arkansas police officer was fatally run over and dragged by a driver as he approached their vehicle earlier in the day, according to reports.
Shawna Rhae Cash, 22, and Elijah Anadoloza Sr., 18, were charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder and were held in Benton County Jail hours after they allegedly took off from a parking lot in convenience store in White Oaks, Arkansas, leaving the officer dead, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The suspects were eventually arrested in Bella Vista, about 100 miles north of the Missouri border.
Pea Ridge Police Officer Kevin Apple, a 23-year-old law enforcement veteran, and his partner Constable Brian Stamps were attempting to speak with the driver of the parked jeep when one of the suspects crashed into a patrol vehicle and struck Apple, FOX 16 in Little Rock. reported. He died at the scene.
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Apple had been in the department for three years, according to the station.
Apple and Stamps wanted to speak to the driver because the department was looking for a Jeep suspected of being linked to property crime.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered that the state’s flags be hoisted at half mast on Saturday.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Pea Ridge police officer Kevin Apple,” the governor tweeted. “My prayers go out to the family of Officer Apple and the entire community of Pea Ridge during this time. I have ordered flags to be hoisted at half mast in honor of Officer Apple. “
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge spoke of Apple’s “unwavering commitment to protecting its community from harm.”
US Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted that he was praying for family and friends at Apple “during this terrible tragedy.” Our police officers risk their lives every day to protect us from violent crime, and we must continue to support their efforts ”.
His fellow Arkansas Senator John Boozman tweeted he was “heartbroken over the death of Pea Ridge Officer Kevin Apple, who was killed in the line of duty. Officer Apple has led a life dedicated to protecting others and upholding law and order. My prayers are with his family. , my fellow officers and the community of Pea Ridge. “
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Cash has a criminal history that includes burglary, drug possession and property theft, according to the Gazette. Anadoloza’s potential criminal history has not been reported.