Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty In Shooting Death Of Officer

Nov 29, 2016
Originally published on November 30, 2016 12:21 pm

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to capital murder in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy earlier this year.

Billy Monroe Jones also pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of attempted capital murder for opening fire on other law enforcement officers during the August incident in rural western Arkansas.

Jones admitted fatally shooting Sebastian County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper and opening fire on the officers who had initially responded to a domestic disturbance call after Jones allegedly threatened a family member with a gun.

Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also wounded in the shooting. Fort Smith television station KHBS reports that Jones apologized in court for the shooting.

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