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West Memphis Mourns Fallen Officers

The City of West Memphis is in mourning as the investigation continues into what happened in the Thursday shootouts that left two West Memphis Police Officers dead and two Crittenden County Sheriff’s Deputies wounded.
WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The City of West Memphis is in mourning as the investigation continues into what happened in the Thursday shootouts that left two West Memphis Police Officers dead and two Crittenden County Sheriff’s Deputies wounded.

People brought flowers and food and symbols of support to the department all day long Friday. Wreaths and bouquets cover the entrance.

Blood still stains the pavement where two West Memphis Police Officers were killed in the line of duty. From City Hall to the Fire Department, flags across the city are flying at half-staff to honor the fallen officers.

Asst. Chief Mike Allen said it was tough for officers to return to work, but they knew they had a job to do.

“We really don’t want to be there,” he said. “But we know we have to. These officers are dedicated to their jobs.”

Outside of the department, throughout the city, the mood is somber.

“It’s a tragedy, and I hate to see stuff like that, because they have family and kids and all that,” said one West Memphis resident. “I know they’ll be truly missed. They put their life on the line everyday for the citizens of West Memphis.”

“It’s going to take a long time to heal from something like that,” said West Memphis resident Johnny Moore. “We really need love and prayer and God.”

Meanwhile, people are watching the investigation closely, waiting to find how and why this all happened.

“Hopefully, throughout this investigation, we find out more facts,” said Allen. “Those facts haven’t been made available to us, and, of course, we want to know.”

The Arkansas State Police are handling the investigation. A spokesman says they aren’t releasing any new details at this time.
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