By KATE FELDMAN
A Pea Ridge, Ark., police officer was killed Saturday while pursuing two people, according to local police.
Officer Kevin Apple, a 23-year veteran of the police force and three years with Pea Ridge, and his partner, Officer Brian Stamps, spotted a Jeep that a local police department had been pursuing around 11:30 a.m. at a nearby gas station, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Apple got out of his patrol car and approached the SUV, at which point the other driver ran him over, dragged him and fled.
Apple was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shawna Rhae Cash, 22, and Elijah Andazola Sr., 18, were both arrested in Bella Vista and face multiple charges, including capital murder or attempted capital murder, according to online jail records. Cash also faces charges for driving with a suspended/revoked license, reckless driving and aggravated assault, although police did not specify that she was the driver.
“Our department is in shock right now,” Pea Ridge police said in a statement. “We are a hometown and everyone in our Police Department are family, and so we ask that you give us and our family some space. Give us some patience and time and we do appreciate your support.”
Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered flags to fly at half-staff and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge sent “deepest condolences and prayers to Officer Apple’s family, friends, and his brothers and sisters in blue.”
“He will forever be remembered for his unwavering commitment to safeguarding his community from harm,” Rutledge said in a statement. “He has left a lasting impression on law enforcement statewide and this is a devastating loss for the local community.”