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Ark. deputy shot, wounded in domestic dispute

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The Associated Press

PALESTINE, Ark. — The mother and grandparents of a woman divorcing her husband were shot to death early Tuesday, and the woman's brother and a sheriff's deputy were wounded. Authorities were searching for the estranged husband.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Gordon Randal Gwathney, 46, was believed to have several guns.

Gwathney's wife, Lisa, had moved in with her mother and grandparents about five miles outside Palestine in eastern Arkansas, St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May said. The shootings occurred in their home, he said.

The sheriff said Lisa Gwathney, 35, heard shots and was able to run for help. Sylvia Reeves, 51, J.O. Mitchell, 81, and Evelyn Mitchell, 79, were killed, May said.

Lisa Gwathney's brother, Travis Reeves, who lives nearby, was wounded in a gunfight with Gwathney, Sadler said. Deputy Terry Jackson was shot in his patrol truck as Gwathney fled.

Jackson was treated for the gunshot wound and cuts from broken glass, May said. Reeves was hospitalized in Memphis, Tenn. No information was available on his condition.


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