Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty

Michael Stephen

A Stone County sheriff’s deputy is among two people who died in a shooting Thursday morning.

Samuel Fullerton, 39, of 2021 Flag Road, Leslie, has been identified as the deceased suspect in yesterday’s Stone County officer involved shooting.

Erika Johnson, 32, a resident at the Flag Road address, has been identified as the female who was wounded in the shooting incident.  Her wound was reported to be non-life threatening.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their work today investigating the shooting incident.  Upon completion of their investigation the case file will be presented to the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration with respect to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

The body of Stone County Deputy Sheriff Mike Stephen was released from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory this morning following an autopsy.  Forensic evidence recovered at the scene has also been submitted to the crime lab for analysis.

For purposes of clarification, based on questions that followed yesterday’s news conference, two Stone County Sheriff’s Deputies in addition to Deputy Stephen were present as gunfire erupted at the residence.  Deputy Stephen had been dispatched to the residence for purposes of a welfare check stemming from an alleged disturbance.

A Stone County Sheriff’s Department Facebock post reads “We at the Stone County Sheriff’s Department would like to say thank you for all of the prayers and kind words. Our Blue family has lost a great man who wore the badge with pride and honor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sergeant Mike Stephen’s Family. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God – Matthew 5:9 .”

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