Sheriff: Killing of Ark. LEO was an intentional 'anti-law enforcement' act

When releasing the killer's motive, police said London Phillips was 'looking for an officer to kill'


Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A police officer who was killed in his patrol car in northwest Arkansas was shot 10 times in the head and his killer was interested in anti-law enforcement groups, sheriffs officials said Friday in releasing video from the scene and autopsy details.

Officer Stephen Carr was fatally shot outside police headquarters in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday night. Authorities said 35-year-old London Philips approached Carr's vehicle and shot him at point-blank range. Two other officers later shot and killed Phillips.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement posted on Facebook that searches of Phillips' social medial accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups. The post didn't identify the groups nor his level of interaction with them. Police have said Phillips was “looking for an officer to kill” when he shot Carr.

One of the videos released Friday shows Phillips approaching Carr's patrol vehicle from behind. It later shows him firing shots at the vehicle as he walks away and reloads his gun. The sheriff's office said Phillips fired 16 rounds and had reloaded the weapon with another full magazine containing 17 rounds.

Autopsy results show that any of the 10 shots Carr received would have been fatal, the sheriff's office said in the statement. Phillips was shot six times by the other officers, it said.

 
UPDATE - Video # 2 Investigation of Ambush and Execution of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr

VIDEO # 2 of 5 (See other FB posts) The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been investigating, at the request of Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds, the ambush and execution of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr, which occurred in the back parking lot of their police department on December 7, 2019 at approximately 9:42 p.m. We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident along with the results of the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s preliminary findings. Our concern, first and foremost, is for the family of Officer Carr, so prior to sharing any of this information publicly, it was first shared with them. The autopsy of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr has been completed by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner, and preliminary findings revealed Officer Carr was shot 10 times in the head. The medical examiner advised any of the 10 shots would have been fatal. The autopsy of the assailant has been completed by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner, and preliminary findings revealed he was shot 6 times. No further information regarding the autopsies will be released until the full, official autopsy results have been received. Further Information: The weapon the assailant used to shoot Officer Carr was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. The handgun used by the assailant was legally purchased by him in 2017 The assailant had on his person, 1 full box of ammunition containing 50 rounds and 1 partial box of ammunition containing 32 rounds Preliminary investigation indicates the assailant fired 16 rounds and had reloaded the weapon with another full magazine containing 17 rounds Searches of the assailant’s social media accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups Summary of the videos attached: (Due to the size of the videos- Each video will be released in 5 separate posts) Video #1 – Assailant is seen walking eastbound down the sidewalk in front of Fayetteville City Hall on Mountain Street just before the shooting Video #2 – Back Parking Lot of Fayetteville Police Department – Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr is sitting in the front driver seat of the police unit facing the building with the headlights on Assailant is first seen walking south on Block Avenue, crosses in front of a car that had just parked with the headlights on, proceeds west, crosses Block Avenue, and continues west into the alleyway behind the police department. He approaches Carr’s police unit from behind… NOTE: The person shown walking into the alleyway after Officer Carr was shot is an off-duty Fayetteville police officer NOTE: Corporal Floyd is seen exiting Police Department Northwest Door Video #3 – Officer Eucce and Sergeant Jennings exiting Police Department Northeast Door Video #4 – Assailant going south into alleyway between Fayetteville Police Department and Fayetteville District Court Building Video #5 – Overview from City Hall of Officer Floyd, Officer Eucce and Sergeant Jennings searching for assailant, then engaging him in the alleyway The investigation is continuing and we will release further information as we are able.

Posted by Washington County Sheriff's Office on Friday, December 13, 2019

The gun Phillips used to shoot Carr was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that he legally purchased in 2017, the sheriff's office said. Phillips was carrying one full box of ammunition and he had a partial box containing another 32 rounds, it said.

Fayetteville's police chief on Sunday said Phillips had a “brief history” with his department. Police received a call in December 2018 about Phillips impersonating a police officer, he said. In April, Phillips pawned a gun at a local pawn shop. Reynolds said the owner of the shop would not return the gun because Phillips had a medical marijuana card, which disqualifies someone from possessing a gun in Arkansas.

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