Two people died after being fatally stabbed with a knife, a third person was shot dead by an officer whose neck was slashed after he was found a man beating one of the stabbing victims with a rock, officials said on Sunday.
Fort Smith police received a 911 call about a man assaulting a person who was on the ground at 6:20am. The responding officer discovered Christofer Conner beating a 15-year-old boy in the face and head with a rock, Fort Smith Police Chief Danny Baker said.
Police later determined the boy was Conner’s son.
As the officer tried to place Conner, 40, in restraints, the suspect pulled out an edged weapon and sliced the officer’s throat and neck, Baker said. The officer then fired two shots at Conner, killing him.
The officer was rushed into emergency surgery, and was in stable condition as on Sunday afternoon.
The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had sustained multiple stab wounds and other injuries, Baker said.
Other officers at the scene went inside a home and discovered “evidence of an extremely violent attack,” Baker said. They found the body of 42-year-old Julia Marie Moore inside the residence. Authorities believe she had been fatally stabbed.
A 5-year-old child was found safe in the home. The child was later placed in care of other family members.
The police department asked Arkansas State Police to lead the investigation because it involved an officer shooting.
The injured officer and a second officer were placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.