Helena-West Helena police officer shot and killed in line of duty, suspect on the run

Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 7:11 AM CST
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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (WMC) - A Helena-West Helena police officer was fatally shot Thursday while trying to apprehend a suspect in a shooting that occurred Sunday.

The officer’s name has not been released. The shooting happened at the Delta Inn Motel in West Helena, Ark.

The suspect, 29-year-old Latarius Howard, is currently on the run.

WMC Action News 5′s Janice Broach was on the scene and saw lots of law enforcement present.

The Helena-West Helena police chief told WMC that city, state, and federal investigators are now involved in this investigation.

Officers pulled over a maroon SUV where it was believed Howard was a passenger.

Chief James Smith told WMC the passenger got out and started shooting, killing one officer but not injuring another.

That officer was trying to apprehend Howard for a previous shooting offense.

On Nov. 1 at 5:59 a.m., Helena-West Helena officers responded to a shooting call in the 360 block of Denise Drive in West Helena, Phillips County, Ark.

Once on the scene, officers made contact with Charles Selvy, 45, who had a red substance on his ankle, that appeared to be blood.

Selvy told police that he was sitting on the couch listening to music when an unidentified Black male entered the residence, hit him in the head, and then shot him.

Selvy was taken to Helena Regional Medical Center for treatment and was then airlifted to Regional One in Memphis, Tenn.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department later received information that Howard may have been involved in the incident.

If you have any information about Howard’s whereabouts or information about the Nov. 1 shooting, you are urged to call Helena-West Helena police at 870-572-3441. Law enforcement also told WMC that Howard is considered to be very dangerous.

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