Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, age 46, was killed in Yell County Thursday morning, and the bodies of two other people were found at a nearby home, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.


The suspect was holed up inside a home as of 2 p.m., Sadler said. Sadler did not give the location of the building and did not confirm or deny reports of hostages.

Lt. Mainhart had served in the Yell County Sheriff’s Office for five years. He had previously served with the West Memphis Police Dept. for more than 20 years.

The two people found dead have not been positively identified.

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The deputy was sent to a disturbance call on Gum Springs Road Road when he made a traffic stop on a vehicle on nearby Slo-Fork Road at 7:18 a.m., according to Sadler. The stopped vehicle may have matched the description of a vehicle involved in that disturbance call, Sadler said.

During that traffic stop, the deputy was “fatally wounded,” Sadler said.

Law enforcement went to the scene of the disturbance call. There, they found the bodies of two people who have not been identified, Sadler said.

The public should stay out of the Dardanelle and Chickalah area, state police have warned. This is in northeastern Yell County, about 8 miles southwest of Russellville.

The Arkansas State Police’s Criminal Investigation Division and its Highway Patrol are both working with local authorities in the case, Trooper First Class Liz Chapman with Arkansas State Police told 40/29 News.

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