UPDATE: After an overnight manhunt, police have in custody an 18 year old who admitted he shot and killed Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford.
NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) – Tyler Calamese, an 18-year-old from Newport, has admitted to shooting and killing Newport police lieutenant Patrick Weatherford Monday night, according to Arkansas State Police.
Arkansas State Police confirmed that 41-year-old Lt. Weatherford was shot and killed near the Remmel Park area in Newport. Weatherford was a 15-year veteran of the Newport police force. Investigators said the bullet hit near Lt. Weatherford's heart. The Arkansas State Crime Lab confirmed the shot is what lead to his death.
According to Bill Sadler with the Arkansas State Police, the last time a Newport office was killed in the line of duty was 1918.
In 2016, Weatherford graduated from the FBI National Academy Program according to the Newport Independent. He was one of only three law enforcement officers from Newport to be selected for the program.
NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) - A Newport police officer is dead after a shooting Monday evening and an active search is underway for the suspect.
Arkansas State Police confirmed that 41-year-old Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford was shot and killed near the Remmel Park area in Newport. Weatherford was a 15-year veteran of the Newport police force.
Condolences to the Weatherford family, Newport Police Department and each life touched by Lt. Weatherford pic.twitter.com/mDaYo7Ktwk— Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) June 13, 2017