Fort Smith, Orc. – Three people have died from surgery after a knife attack in northwest Arkansas and a police officer is recovering, Authorities said Sunday.
The incident happened Sunday at Fort Smith, about 160 miles northwest of Little Rock. At a news conference one afternoon, Fort Smith Police Chief Danny Baker said officers were sent a report of a gunfight at 2:20 p.m.
Upon arrival, the unidentified officer sees a man hitting another man, a 15-year-old boy, with a brick in his face and head.
Asking the officer to stop, 40-year-old Christopher Connor was seen to obey but made a sharp weapon and pressed the officer’s neck and neck when the officer tried to restrain Connor, Baker said.
The officer then fired two shots, killing Connor.
The boy, identified as Konar’s son, was pronounced dead at the hospital. He suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries.
Inside the house, police saw evidence of a violent attack and found the body of Julia Marie Moore, who had been stabbed multiple times. A 5-year-old child found inside the house was also kept with relatives.
“I have no doubt that our officer’s swift action saved the life of this little child,” Baker said.
Fort Smith Police Department spokesman Eric Mitchell said the officer underwent surgery Sunday morning.
The injured officer will be kept on administrative leave. A second officer, who was not involved in the shooting, will also be on leave “awaiting treatment following a serious incident.”
“Fort Smith is a wonderful community and when such unimaginable accidents happen, they make us scared, angry, frustrated and homeless for some,” Baker said. “It hurts us as much as it hurts each of you when such consequences are inevitable.
“I am grateful to those officers who are willing to put their lives on the line when danger strikes our community. I am grateful for the medical team who took care of our officers and I am grateful for a community that is always together. When tragedy strikes. . “
The department asked Arkansas State Police to investigate. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said he could not immediately provide any additional information.
Mitchell and Sadler both said authorities could provide more information later Sunday afternoon.
Contributed by: Associated Press