James Michael Bowden, left, and Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart
Photo credit: Yell County Sheriff’s Office
DARDANELLE, Ark. — A man suspected of gunning down an Arkansas sheriff’s deputy early Thursday and killing two other people surrendered after a five-hour standoff with police, authorities said.
James Michael Bowden, 32, gave himself up after releasing a woman he had apparently been holding hostage inside the home where two females were found dead, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said during a news conference.
Investigators were questioning that woman.
Authorities said Bowden is suspected of killing Yell County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart during a traffic stop. Mainhart was responding to a call about a disturbance at the home near Dardanelle, which is about 65 miles west of Little Rock.
Investigators haven’t released the names or ages of the female victims, or said how they were killed.
Mainhart had been an officer in Yell County for five years. He had previously worked for the West Memphis Police Department for more than 20 years, according to a state police news release.
Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey said that Mainhart was a great father and husband, as well as being an excellent officer.
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