An Arkansas police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded in an “exchange of gunfire” at a motel on Monday, according to police.
Pine Bluff Police Department officers arrived at an Econo Lodge on Monday afternoon, working in connection with an “on-going local criminal investigation” and “were met with gunfire,” Arkansas State Police said in a statement.
The officer killed, Kevin Collins, 35, was a five-year veteran of the force and was serving in the Violent Crimes Unit, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“We’re hurting. We have lost a family member today, so we’re hurting,” Pine Bluff Police Department Chief Kelvin Sergeant said during a press conference.
“I can tell you, at his heart, being a police officer is what Kevin wanted to do.”
The second officer shot, Lt. Ralph Isaac, 42, has been with the department for 20 years — was treated for non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. A third officer involved in the incident was not harmed.
Two people “believed to be involved with the shooting” were wounded, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and “later released for questioning by state police,” Arkansas State Police said.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was “saddened” to learn of the shooting.
“Our prayers are with the officer’s family, the Pine Bluff Police Department and the law enforcement community,” the governor posted on Twitter.