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2 police fatally shot in West Memphis, Arkansas

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2 police fatally shot in West Memphis, Arkansas
Published: 5/20/10, 6:00 PM EDT
By Tom Watkins, CNN
(CNN) - Two police officers were fatally shot and another two were wounded Thursday in two separate shootings allegedly by the same suspects in West Memphis, Arkansas, police said.
The suspects, who were using an assault weapon, were themselves fatally shot.

The incident began around 11:40 a.m. (12:40 p.m. ET), when police made a traffic stop on a white minivan traveling eastbound on I-40 at Airport Road, said Inspector Bert Shelton, who is assigned to city hall for the West Memphis Police Department.

The occupant or occupants of the van shot two police officers and sped off, he said. One of the victims died at the scene; the other was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died, Shelton said. One of the two fatalities was the son of the city's chief of police, he added.

A short time later and about a mile away, in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, two deputies searching for the suspects came across a white minivan and were shot and wounded as they approached the vehicle, Shelton said.

"The suspects were using an assault rifle," he said.

The suspects themselves were then fatally shot by other responding officers, he said.

Two West Memphis, Arkansas, officers killed in two shootings

Attacks left two other officers wounded

Two suspects confronted in Wal-Mart parking lot, both killed in gunfire exchange

Dead officers include West Memphis police chief's son
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West Memphis. One of the more "lets get the hell out of here" places I've been to.
Prayers inbound.
cas said:
West Memphis. One of the more "lets get the hell out of here" places I've been to.
Been there too! Not on my top ten places to revisit.
man that sucks big time
I wonder if these people were illegals? Some articles I read fail to mention any description of the perps....

If they were illegals, then I am sure many states will be calling for laws like Arizona
Possible connection to Ohio white supremacist group. http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=12518614
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