Two Officers Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop in Arkansas - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Two Officers Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop in Arkansas

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) _ Authorities say two Arkansas police officers were shot and killed during a traffic stop and a short time later, the suspects were killed in a shootout with a sheriff and deputy.

Authorities say the sheriff and chief deputy were wounded in the shootout Thursday and have been taken to a hospital. Police say the situation began when the two West Memphis, Ark., police officers were pulling over a white van on Interstate 40. They were shot and killed. Authorities say the van fled the scene, and was later stopped at a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot. Authorities then say the suspects got into a shootout with the local sheriff and his chief deputy and were killed in the shootout.

A hospital says the deputy is in critical condition and the sheriff's condition was not immediately known.

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