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Forrest City police say shooter dead

FORREST CITY, Ark. – Two police officers were injured and a suspect killed Monday during an active-shooter incident at a Walmart Supercenter, authorities said.

Arkansas state police said two officers with the Forrest City Police Department were injured during the shooting. “The prayers of the ASP are with the 2 Forrest City officers that were injured this morning in a shooting at Walmart,” state police tweeted.

One officer was sent to Regional One Medical Center for emergency surgery Monday afternoon. The other officer was treated and released at a hospital in Forrest City.

Police Chief Deon Lee said the shooting incident “could have been a whole lot worse.”

At a news conference around 1:30 p.m. local time, Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams described the “heroism and quick response” of police on the scene.

“The quick response of our officers saved a lot of lives today,” Williams said.

A shooter attacked a Walmart in Forrest City, Ark., on Feb. 10.

According to Forrest City police officials, a call was made to authorities from someone inside the Walmart Supercenter, about 50 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee.

The caller reported an individual inside the store was making threats, acting suspicious and, as the police chief described it, “talking out of his head.” 

Officers arrived around 10:30 and confronted the man.

The two wounded officers were identified as Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington. Neither wore body armor, Lee said.

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