Yell County deputy killed in the line of duty; suspect in custody
3 dead in shooting, including former West Memphis police officer
Public Affairs Office YELL COUNTY — James Arthur Bowden, 42, of Dardanelle was arrested last Thursday afternoon, May 11, at 2:40 p.m., after a five-hour standoff with the Arkansas State police and local law enforcement agencies. He was taken into custody at a residence, 12084 Gum Springs Road in Yell County, west of Dardanelle.
Bowden is being held in connection with three homicides that occurred earlier that morning, including the death of Yell County Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart. Lieutenant Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, of the Yell County Sheriff’s Department was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop west of Dardanelle, Arkansas, along State Highway 27 near the junction of Slo-Fork Road.
Lieutenant Mainhart had served the citizens of Yell County as a law enforcement officer for five years and previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department following a career of more than twenty years.
At approximately 7:18 a.m. on May 11, Lieutenant Mainhart initiated a traffic stop after identifying a vehicle believed to be associated with a disturbance call at 10024 Gum Springs Road.
During the course of the traffic stop the deputy was fatally wounded. A shorttime later a motorist passing the site notified local law enforcement Lieutenant Mainhart had been shot.
As other local officers arrived at the Gum Springs address, the deceased bodies of two other individuals were found outside the residence. The identities of the victims have not been released at this time.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Yell County Deputies and Arkansas State Police identified a location where the suspect was believed to be located. State Police negotiators made contact with the individual, later identified as Bowden. After a lengthy standoff, the arrest was made.
From the Arkansas State Police