Ark. sheriff shot, suspect among 2 people dead

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 4:57 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2022 at 11:44 AM CDT
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CROSS COUNTY, Ark. (WMC) - Two people are dead and an Arkansas sheriff is recovering after a Sunday night shooting in Cross County.

Arkansas State Police say the series of events began after Parkin police officers were called to a residence on 306 Smithdale Avenue before 9 p.m. Inside the residence, officers reportedly found two shooting victims.

One was identified as 47-year-old Shoron Selvy who died of their injuries. The second victim was rushed to a Memphis hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

ASP says a witness was able to identify the suspect, 20-year-old Darius Kirkwood, who was allegedly seen leaving the residence before police arrived.

A Wynne officer later spotted Kirkwood on Highway 64, according to ASP. Cross County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit as Kirkwood continued speeding down the road. Investigators say he even forced some drivers off of the road.

Eventually, Kirkwood turned off Highway 1 onto County Road 7011 in Wynne. State police say he ignored commands to exit the vehicle.

After officers approached the vehicle in an attempt to remove Kirkwood, gunfire was exchanged killing him and striking Cross County Sheriff David West.

Kirkwood died on the scene.

West was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to ASP. He was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Chief Richard Dennis with the Wynn Police Department says this type of incident is uncommon in the small town.

“It’s a good community, the community has always supported our law enforcement officers and we don’t have a high crime rate,” said Dennis.

Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation.

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