Lt. Eric Varner Biography, Lt. Eric Varner Wiki
Lt. Eric Varner is identified as the victim of a deadly shooting at Arkansas Walmart. The officer is expected to recover and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the officers injured in the Forrest City shooting. Senseless acts like these demonstrate the dangers our law enforcement officers face everyday to keep us safe.
— Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (@LtGovTimGriffin) February 10, 2020
Varner went to the hospital in Forrest City and was conscious and talking at the scene. He was treated and released.
One officer Detective Eugene Watlington has been airlifted to a regional hospital, while the other was taken to a local hospital. Forrest City Chief of Police Deon Lee told reporters at a Monday afternoon press conference that the officer who was transported to a hospital is in surgery but is expected to recover. The second was hospitalized locally and has been released.
Shooting at Arkansas Walmart
A man who opened fire and shot two police officers in a Walmart in Forrest City, Arkansas, on Monday morning is dead, Mayor Cedric Williams told reporters.
Lee said that the suspect had a criminal record, but nothing that would have led police to believe he was capable of shooting.
Two officers shot, suspect killed in shooting at Arkansas Walmart
Two officers were shot and a suspect was killed in a shooting Monday morning at a Walmart in Forrest City, Arkansas, reports CBS affiliate WREG. Law enforcement tells the station two police officers were called to the store in Forrest City, about 85 miles east of Little Rock, after the suspect began making threats.
The station reports, The suspect reportedly said he was going to blow up the Walmart. The officers approached the suspect, and that’s when shots were fired.
On Monday afternoon, the Arkansas State Police, the agency that has taken over the investigation, shared a tweet offering prayers for the two officers who were injured in the Monday morning shooting.
Suspect Killed in Shooting at Arkansas Walmart
The suspect, whose name has not been released, died at the store on Deaderick Road.
Tammy Priddy, 57, works at Simmons Eye Center in the Walmart, according to The Associated Press. She said she was preparing patient records for the day when she heard eight shots, and she hid under a counter in the lab until the gunshots stopped.
“The first two shots kind of startled me, and then a coworker came in and said it was gunfire,” Priddy told the AP.
She said she and a coworker ran from the building and officers outside the Walmart ordered her to get as far away from the building as possible. She was not injured.
“I was too afraid to think of anything except to get to safety,” she said. “We kept our minds straight to where we were safe and we were able to get to safety.”
The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division has been called in to investigate, a state police spokesman told CBS News. The ATF was also investigating.