Suspect killed during shootout that injured Arkansas sheriff, officials say

WYNNE, Ark. — Two people are dead and two are wounded after a shooting and separate shootout with law enforcement in Arkansas.

Cross County Sheriff David West was shot in the arm during the shootout, according to Wynne Police Chief Richard Dennis.

Deputies were pursuing a suspect after a homicide in Parkin late Sunday night.

Parkin Police officers were called to 306 Smithdale Ave. shortly before 9 p.m.

According to Arkansas State Police, they found two people suffering gunshot wounds.

One later died.

The other victim, a woman, was taken to a Memphis hospital. She’s listed in stable condition, officials said.

A witness identified Darius Kirkwood, 20, who was seen leaving the home before police arrived.

A short time later, a Wynne police officer spotted Kirkwood traveling toward Wynne along U.S. Highway 64.

The police officer attempted to stop the vehicle Kirkwood was driving at a high rate of speed and forcing other motorists from the highway, officials said.

Cross County sheriff’s deputies joined in the pursuit as Kirkwood continued fleeing from officers along U.S. Highway 1 toward Forrest City, later turning onto a county road, then stopping at #2 County Road 7011.

Kirkwood ignored commands from deputies and police to exit the vehicle.

Officers then approached the vehicle in an attempt to forcibly remove Kirkwood, leading to the shootout, officials said.

Officers from the Wynne Police Department and Cross County Sheriff’s Department fired at Kirkwood during the exchange.

Kirkwood died at the scene.

Sheriff West was treated at a Memphis hospital and released early Monday, officials said.

The Arkansas State Police has been requested to investigate the homicide and shooting incidents.

Case files involving both incidents will be turned over to the Cross County prosecuting attorney, who will use the investigative report to determine whether the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas laws, officials said.