Suspect charged with capital murder in death of Helena-West Helena police officer

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Suspects wanted in the deadly shooting of an Arkansas police officer have been captured, according to Arkansas State Police.

Police arrested 29-year-old Latarius Howard and 24-year-old Bruce Hillie in Shaw, Mississippi in connection with the murder of Helena-West Helena Police Officer Travis Wallace.

The two suspects were captured following a massive manhunt after the officer was killed Thursday night.

Police confirmed 29-year-old Latarius Howard was captured in Bolivar County, Mississippi.

U.S. Marshals tracked the pair to Bryant Street in Shaw, Mississippi about an hour and a half drive from Helena-West Helena.

Howard has been charged with Capital Murder in the case and he was also wanted on warrants out of Leland, Mississippi for Felon in possession of a firearm and controlled substance charges.

Police said Howard was wanted in connection to another shooting at the time he allegedly shot and killed Officer Wallace in Helena-West Helena.

According to police, Howard is a local resident of Indianola, Mississippi. He was booked into the Sunflower County Jail.

Bruce Hillie, 24, was also been arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension, according to police.

Hillie was arrested with Howard in Indianola by U.S. Marshals.

People who live near where the two were arrested in Shaw said they do not know the pair and they did not see the arrest go down.

One woman FOX13 talked to who did not want to go on camera said she saw a large number of unmarked cars in the area.

Both men are awaiting extradition to Helena-West Helena, according to police.

The Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department said around noon on Friday Howard was picked up by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and transported to a prison as part of the process of having him extradited to Arkansas to face charges. Hillie remained in the Sunflower county jail at the time.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, officers responded to the Delta Inn in the 1200 block of US 49 based on a tip, Police Chief James Smith told FOX13.

According to the chief, the tip was about a suspect involved in a shooting last week in the area.

On Sunday, Nov. 1 just before 6 a.m., Helena-West Helena officers responded to a shooting in the 360 block of Denise Drive.

Officers spoke with Charles Selvy, who had a red substance on his ankle that they said appeared to be blood. Selvy told police he was sitting on the couch listening to music when an unidentified Black man came in, hit him in the head, and then shot him.

When officers arrived to investigate the tip Thursday evening, the suspect started firing shots at them.

A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night at 6 p.m. in front of the Helena-West Helena Police Department, according to their Facebook page.

Everyone is asked to bring a candle and practice social distancing.

According to the post, the vigil will be a time for prayer, peace and silence to show support and solidarity for the police department and fallen officer.