FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Fayetteville Police Department released the identity of the officer killed while in his patrol car, Saturday night.
According to the department, evidence shows Officer Stephen Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting inside his patrol car outside of the Fayetteville Police Department building.
Officers heard gunshots behind the department building at 9:42 PM. Officers inside the building responded immediately, and heard additional gunshots.
A news release stated that officers located an armed suspect behind the building, identified as London T. Phillips, 35, of Fayetteville. The suspect then had a confrontation with officers, resulting in the officers firing their weapons at Phillips.
Immediately after the confrontation, police say they found Officer Carr wounded inside his patrol vehicle. Officers immediately attempted life-saving measures on Officer Carr and the suspect.
Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS arrived at 9:45 PM and began administering aid to both Officer Carr and the suspect, according to the release. Both officer and suspect succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
The department says that a preliminary investigation shows two officers, whose names have not been released, fired at the suspect. Those officers are now on paid administrative leave, as is procedure for the department during this type of investigation.
The Fayetteville Police Department has requested the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations conduct an independent investigation.
Officer Stephen Carr was hired at the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 2017. Officer Carr was assigned as a patrol officer, currently working in the Dickson street entertainment district.
A statement from the department extended their condolences to Officer Carr's family, hailing Carr as a hero.
"He served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past two and a half years, he is a hero. We would like to thank our community for their outpouring of support, along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their quick response and assistance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time."
Investigators have not determined a motive at this time.