Hot Springs, AR – Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD) Officer First Class Brent Scrimshire was murdered by a gunman during an exchange of gunfire on Tuesday night.
The attack occurred during a traffic stop in the 100-block of Kenwood Street at approximately 6:30 p.m., HSPD Corporal Joey Williams said in a press release.
“During the stop, shots were fired and Officer Scrimshire was struck, along with the suspect,” Cpl. Williams explained.
Witnesses said they heard as many as nine gunshots during the incident, The Sentinel-Record reported.
“I was standing in my front yard weedeating and [saw] what looked like a traffic stop about three doors down from my house on the corner,” a witness told the paper. “And it just looked like someone jumped out of the car and then the police jumped out and chased him down between two houses.”
“I’d say within about five seconds, you could hear the gunshots and that’s basically all I saw,” the witness added.
The events that preceded the shooting have not been released.
Officer Scrimshire was rushed to a local hospital, where he died from his gunshot wound, Cpl. Williams said.
Police have apprehended two suspects in connection with the fatal shooting, he later told The Sentinel-Record.
The condition and identity of the wounded suspect has not been released.
The Arkansas State Police (ASP) is handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting.
“We ask for prayers for our officer and his family,” Cpl. Williams said in the press release. “We are devastated by our loss.”
Officer Scrimshire served the HSPD for over six years, KARK reported.
In addition to being recognized as the department’s Employee of the Quarter on multiple occasions, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also named him Regional Officer of the Year in 2016, The Sentinel-Record reported.
“My heart breaks for the family of Officer Brent Scrimshire who was killed in the line of duty tonight,” Rutledge said in a statement on Tuesday night.
“Our men and women in blue hold the line every day so Arkansans can sleep safely at night. Unfortunately, Officer Scrimshire paid the ultimate sacrifice and we are forever indebted to him,” the attorney general continued. “My prayers and deepest condolences go out to Officer Scrimshire’s family and the entire Hot Springs Police Department as they are faced with this devastating loss.”
State Senator Alan Clark also released a statement in the wake of Officer Scrimshire’s murder.
“Please remember Officer Scrimshire’s family in your prayers along with all of the HSPD and the surrounding community as we deal with this terrible loss,” Clark said in a Facebook post. “Always keep our first responders in your prayers as they put their lives on the line to protect you and your family.”
Officer Scrimshire leaves behind his wife and two young children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hot Springs Police Department Officer First Class Brent Scrimshire, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Brent Scrimshire, your life mattered.