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Joey Cannon suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest in the shooting along U. Cannon pulled over a pickup just after 6 a. He had information the truck was stolen and had a sheriff's deputy to back him as he approached the driver's side of the truck, Smith said.
A single shot fired by the truck's driver struck Cannon, 49, in the chest. Hartman said he didn't know whether the year law enforcement veteran had a bulletproof vest on at the time or if the deputy returned fire. A passenger in the truck jumped out and the deputy arrested him as the pickup sped off, Smith said.
The truck was stopped in Faulkner County a short time later. Police recovered a bag and a weapon from near the truck, said Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police. Smith refused to name the men arrested, but said they'd likely face capital murder charges. If convicted, the charge carries either a death sentence or life in prison. Hartman said Cannon, who served as a police officer in the small town for nine years, approached him Thursday night about retiring.
Cannon's son, a Conway County deputy, arrived to the scene shortly after the shooting. His daughter works as a sheriff's dispatcher in Perry County. Cannon was one of only three full-time officers in the city, a little more than 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.
The officer's death is the latest tragedy to strike the small town of in central Arkansas. In April, three young boys drowned when their mother drove a car into a manmade lake north of town during an early morning rainstorm. Friday, two black plastic ribbons sat alongside the department's out front of the city's community center as at least one police officer still wore a bulletproof vest.
The flag outside flew at half staff. Paladino wore a black ribbon himself. He said local women gathered at City Hall to make them, trying to find something to busy their time with. Paladino said the slaying likely was the first high-profile killing in years.
Then, a Republican congressional candidate named John Middleton Clayton died in an apparent politically motivated slaying. He had contested an election in the district after masked white men stole a ballot box in a predominantly black area.
In the time since, Plumerville's fortunes waned as the railroad's popularity gave way to the automobile. Interstate 40 now roars along to the north of the city. Martinez, 33, died after being shot in the head while responding to a domestic altercation.
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