Man fatally shot by police after stabbing cop, beating teen son to death and killing son’s mother

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FORT SMITH, AR – Police fatally shot a 40-year-old man earlier in October, who authorities say stabbed a police officer in the throat after bludgeoning his teenage son to death with a rock and also murdering his son’s mother.

The incident occurred on October 17th at approximately 6:20 a.m., after Fort Smith Police were informed about a male suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Christofer Conner, beating a 15-year-old boy in the face with a rock.

Authorities later determined that the 15-year-old boy was Conner’s son.

Fort Smith Police Chief Danny Baker said that as one of the officers attempted to take Conner into custody, the suspect reportedly pulled out a knife and slashed the officer’s throat. The injured officer reportedly fired two shots at Conner, killing the suspect.

According to authorities, the officer was taken into emergency surgery and was in stable condition as of the afternoon of the incident. His identity was not revealed as of this writing.

The teenage victim was rushed to an area hospital, but was reported deceased, having suffered multiple stab wounds as well as other injuries.

While officers were working the scene of the incident, they went inside of the home to discover what was described as “evidence of an extremely violent attack” according to Chief Baker. Officers discovered the body of 42-year-old Julia Marie Moore, who was later determined to be the murdered 15-year-old’s mother.

Officials say that Moore was fatally stabbed, presumably by the deceased suspect.

A 5-year-old child was also discovered safe and well in the house. According to Chief Baker, the child was subsequently placed with other family members.

Because the incident involved an officer shooting, the Fort Smith Police Department requested Arkansas State Police to head the investigation. While the inquiry is ongoing, the wounded officer and a second officer have been put on paid administrative leave.

Officials have provided no details on a possible motive for the two murders. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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Little Arkansas girl’s desire to thank cops grows into Adopt-A-Hero program

(Originally published October 2nd, 2021)

JASPER, AR – In a country where the thin blue line has been torn by left-wing agitators, progressive Democrats, and liberal mainstream media, little nine-year-old Natalea Decker decided it was time to do something about it.

What started as the child’s desire to say thank you to first responders has led her to start a program in Arkansas to allow children to recognize their hometown heroes.

Natalea’s father works at the Newton County Jail in Western Arkansas. She wanted to give Christmas gifts to her father’s colleagues at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Her mother and her Girl Scout Troop began helping her with the project, and the idea of Adopt-A-Hero came to the tiny scout.

Natalea’s age did not shield her from the hate some groups have expressed against law enforcement, and she wanted to do something to let these heroes know they were appreciated. Natalea explained:

“I realized not that many people like cops, and don’t want to give thanks and love so I wanted to give thanks and love.

“It’s important because they do a lot for our community.”

Natalea’s mother, Tiffani Decker, said that when her daughter first thought of giving the gift to her local first responders, she discovered there was no such program in place:

”We made several calls and realized there was not a program set and she was pretty upset. I said well, what if we make our own.”

The small project started just focusing on Newton County. The plan was to assign children to a hometown hero to “adopt” and send a thank you.

Through the program several agencies have been adopted and can be assigned to a child. First responders commonly ask for basic gifts like pens, notepads, snacks, and things to keep in their response vehicles.

But what started as a small project for her own region has grown

Her mother said:

”We have roughly 300 heroes over Boone County, Newton, Carroll, Searcy, Madison, Baxter, Marion County all have been adopted so far.”

The program has led to children “adopting” heroes in agencies across Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. There is no indication that the growth will stop there.

Newton County Sheriff Glen Wheeler said the program thanks men and women who deserve a thank you:

“It puts us in a unique situation compared to a lot of sheriff’s offices because my guys have to be well versed in a lot more than your typical law enforcement.

“We’re a very rural community, which means we’re a very poor community. My men and women don’t do this for the pay, they’re invested and care about this community.”

Natalea is thankful her idea grew into such a successful and needed program to let first responders know that they are important and appreciated:

”Thank you for helping us with Adopt-A-Hero, it started with this little heart to this big, amazing heart .

“I’m so thankful and I couldn’t have done it without you!”

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Report: Arkansas jury rules that officer did not use excessive force in fatal shooting of armed man

(Originally published August 24th, 2021)

LITTLE ROCK, AR- On Monday, August 16th, an Arkansas jury ruled that Little Rock Police Officer Dennis Hutchins did not use excessive force when he fatally shot 46-year-old Roy Lee Richards Jr. in 2016.

For more than a week, jurors heard testimony in a civil trial that pitted the family of Richards against Hutchins. The ruling dashed Richards’ family’s hopes they would be awarded millions of dollars for the death of the armed man.

According to reports, the incident occurred at 12:40 a.m. on October 25, 2016 when Little Rock Police responded to a call for a fight between Richards and his uncle, Darrell Underwood.

Officer Hutchins and Officer Justin Tyler were warned as they responded to the scene that Richard’s was armed. Authorities stated that as Hutchins approached, Richard’s jumped out of a vehicle holding a gun.

Officer Hutchins opened fire and shot five rounds at Richards. Richards was struck twice and killed. During the investigation, it was determined that Richards’ rifle was a pellet gun. 

The jury learned that Underwood had gone inside around three seconds before Hutchins opened fire, that Richards was pointing the gun at Underwood’s home, and that Richards was in the yard facing the house and walking towards it.

At the time, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley sent a letter to the Little Rock Police Department on March 2017 that cleared Officer Hutchins of any wrongdoing in connection with the shooting death of Richards. 

Despite the prosecutor having ruled the shooting justified, Richard’s sister filed a civil lawsuit against Hutchins on behalf of her brother’s estate. The suit sought millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit argued that Hutchins had used excessive force against her brother and had in doing so violated Richards’ constitutional rights of equal protection and unreasonable search and seizure.

Hutchins’ attorney argued that the 20-year-old veteran officer had no choice but to shoot when he saw Richards holding the rifle after having had a violent altercation with a family member.

Reportedly, the jury deliberated for hours only to come to the conclusion that Hutchins had not used excessive force when he fatally shot Richards. Little Rock Attorney Tom Carpenter said in a statement:

“I think the verdict was appropriate. I think this was a situation where an officer faced, what he felt and what he could tell at that point, was a life-ending possibility and acted to keep that from happening.”

After the jury returned its verdict, lawyers for Richards’ family filed a motion for a mistrial with Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., arguing that the jurors had engaged in jury nullification by ignoring expert testimony. 

They also said that answers the jury had given on disputed questions were in “conflict.” Speaking on behalf of Cole, attorney Judson Kidd said that the family was “devastated” by the verdict, adding:

“Ms. Cole lost her brother, her only brother. Her protector as she so testified and we have two boys, 14 and 17, who lost their father, lost his financial and emotional support. And we got Roy Richards Sr., the father, who has lost his only son. So, obviously they are devastated by the verdict.”

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