PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Pea Ridge Police Department reports that one officer has been killed at the White Oak gas station on the corner of Slack St. and S. Curtis Ave.
Lt. Michael Lisenbee said Officers Kevin Apple and Brian Stamps attempted to stop a car that was being pursued by the Rogers Police Department at the gas station.
The car hit the officers’ patrol vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. While fleeing, the driver of the vehicle hit Officer Apple and fled.
Officer Kevin Apple, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement who served on the Pea Ridge Police Department for three years, died at the scene.
Pea Ridge PD, Rogers PD, and Arkansas State Police later arrived at the crime scene.
Multiple agencies including Bella Vista PD and Benton County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle which was stopped in Bella Vista.
Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith says two suspects have been arrested and are facing multiple charges related to the incident including felony fleeing.
Officials say there is no further threat to the public at this time.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Officer Apple at 8:30 p.m. at City Park in Pea Ridge.