Suspect in fatal police shooting in custody

Scene of deadly shooting in Yell County, Arkansas/Jessi Turnure (KARK)

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have identified the suspect in the killing of an Arkansas sheriff’s deputy and two women as 32-year-old James Michael Bowden.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said during a news conference that Bowden surrendered Thursday afternoon after a standoff with police. He says Bowden released a woman who was apparently being held hostage before he surrendered. Investigators are now questioning her.

Authorities say Bowden is suspected of fatally shooting Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, of the Yell County Sheriff’s Office, early Thursday during a traffic stop near Dardanelle, which is about 65 miles west of Little Rock. He had been heading to check on a call about a disturbance.

After police found Mainhart’s body, they found the bodies of two unidentified females at the nearby home where the disturbance had been reported. They haven’t been identified.

Authorities say the suspect was holed up in that home before he surrendered. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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