An Arkansas corrections officer was shot and killed by a suspect as he was being registered at the county jail, officials said.
The shooting broke out inside a bathroom on Wednesday night at the Perry County Jail, located about 35 miles northwest of Little Rock.
The alleged shooter, Roderick Lewis, was changing out of his own clothes for a prison-issued costume when he pulled out a gun and fatally shot Jeremiah Story, a 21-year-old detention officer at the facility, according to state police. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Thursday.
Another person present at the scene told authorities they managed to disarm Lewis, 37, who was initially being booked for drug offenses. He has since been transferred to the nearby Faulkner County Detention Center and now faces a capital murder charge for Story’s death.
According to authorities, Lewis was armed when he arrived at the Perry County Jail.
An investigation, carried out by Arkansas State Police, is ongoing.
With news services