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Suspect dead, 2 officers injured in shooting at Walmart in Forrest city, Arkansas

Suspect dead, 2 officers injured in shooting at Walmart in Forrest city, Arkansas

At least two Forrest City police officers were shot and a suspect was killed inside a Walmart in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington were shot when they responded to complaints that a man was threatening people.

When the officers arrived, the man pulled out a gun and shot both officers.

Watlington was shot several times and was taken to a Memphis hospital where he was then taken into surgery, while Varner went to the hospital in Forrest City and was conscious and talking at the scene. He was treated and released.

Suspect dead, 2 officers injured in shooting at Walmart in Forrest city, Arkansas

The suspect died at the store on Deaderick Road, and no civilian was injured in the incident.  . 

The suspect was reportedly known to police but they declined to release his name at the time of filling this report.

A spokesperson for Walmart said they are aware of the incident and working with the police department to help with the investigation. 

Walmart in Arkansas will remain closed until further notice while the investigation continues.

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