Thanks to 8 years of Obama and his cop-hating antics, we now have an epidemic plaguing this country as thugs continue to take out their misguided rage on our police officers. Now another shooting has taken place, this time in Yell County, Arkansas, where three people are now confirmed dead including one police officer. The shooter is not quite done inflicting massive chaos and destruction upon the tiny town however, as authorities are now confirming that he has taken two hostages as more emergency personnel flood to the scene to try and contain the situation.
Lt. Mainhart was en route to answer a disturbance Thursday afternoon when he stopped a car for a traffic violation. At that traffic stop, an unnamed person then brandished their weapon, fatally wounding Mainhart before fleeing the area. Deputies immediately arrived to the scene to find two additional people murdered. They were able to track the suspect to a nearby building, where local news is reporting that the suspect is now holding two hostages.
Right now the area is on lockdown as law enforcement swarms the area, although the exact location of the building, suspect, and hostages has yet to be released to the public.
This story is developing and we will keep you updated as we keep you updated as more news becomes available. Sadly, this type of incident is becoming more and more prevalent in America as our police forces are the targets of vicious and deadly threats on a daily basis. Last year was an incredibly fatal year for our police, where CNN reported that 64 officers were killed in the line of duty. CNN reported:
At least 64 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year, the most in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Sadly, things don’t seem to be improving much as Fox News reports that police officer deaths are on the rise this year by a startling 10% from last year. They reported:
The shooting death of a deputy constable in Texas this week added to the rise in U.S. law officers killed in the line of duty in 2017: 34 so far this year, a jump of 10 percent from 2016.
Still, gun-related deaths are down almost 40 percent, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The statistics show a 27 percent increase in traffic-related police deaths but a 38 percent decrease in firearms-related deaths.
In addition, there has been a 150 percent increase in “other” causes of death, some of which are aircraft crashes, drowning, electrocution, falling, fire-related incidents, and job-related illness and poisoning.
The memorial fund reported 135 law enforcement officers were killed last year. 64 deaths involved firearms, and 14 of those involved domestic incidents.
The most recent death this year was Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, a 30-year veteran to the Harris County Constable’s Office, Fox 26 reported.
Greenwood was shot at least once in the neck near a courthouse on Monday morning. Despite his gunshot wound, he was still able to radio for help, saying “I’m bleeding out,” according to KTRK.
The attacker escaped, prompting a massive manhunt. The suspect was still at large Tuesday.
Greenwood was given aid at the scene and was eventually flown to a Houston hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
“Clint was absolutely a target, for whatever reason. We don’t know,” Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Cannon said. “But he didn’t need to be a target. Clint was there to help. And whoever this person was, Clint probably would have reached out to help him as well.”
Greenwood was the second officer fatality in Texas this year, ranking Texas one of the third highest states in police deaths, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
New York currently has the highest amount of police fatalities, with five officers lost.
The Officer Down Memorial Page states that the number of police deaths has decreased each month as the year progresses.