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Stone County deputy killed in line of duty


A Stone County deputy was killed in the line of duty last week. According to Arkansas State Police, on Tuesday at approximately 4:00 in the afternoon, Stone County Deputy Justin Smith was fatally wounded while attempting to serve a suspect, identified as 52-year-old Clinton Hefton, with a misdemeanor terroristic threatening warrant at a home in the 300 block of Sawmill Road.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident. While the investigation is in its preliminary stage, early evidence indicates Hefton resisted arrest and fired on Deputy Smith, who was found mortally wounded by officers who responded to reports of shots fired

Officers responding to the home, located about 5 miles north of Mountain View, took Hefton into custody after a brief standoff.

Hefton is being held at the Cleburne County Detention Center with charges pending.

ASP will release information as it becomes available.

Stone County Sheriff Brandon Long states, “At this time, we ask that everyone pray for Deputy Smith’s family and all of his law enforcement brothers and sisters.”

Details of Deputy Smith’s memorial arrangements will be released upon completion. The public is invited to visit a temporary tribute to Deputy Smith in the Mountain View courthouse square.

A procession departed from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory on Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock at 1 p.m. and proceeded to Mountain View.

An account has been set up at Centennial Bank in Mountain View to provide support and financial assistance for Deputy Justin Smiths family. Anyone that would like to donate and help ease the financial burden can donate to the “Officer Justin Smith Benefit” by visiting either branch in person or by calling (870) 269-1801. All proceeds will go to Deputy Smiths family.


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