FORREST CITY, AR (WREG) — Two Forrest City officers were shot and one suspect was killed Monday morning after a shooting in a Walmart.
Sources at the Forrest City Police Department identified the suspect as 40-year-old Bobby Gibbs and said he was dead.
According to the Forrest City Police Department, Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington were called to the store at 10:24 a.m. after Gibbs began making threats, saying he was going to blow up the Walmart. He was approached by the officers and that’s when the suspect reportedly opened fire, striking both.
Watlington was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment and undergoing treatment as of 1:30 p.m. He’s expected to be okay.
Varner was taken to a local hospital. He too is expected to be okay.
“It’s due to their heroicism and quick response that no civilians were injured,” Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams said in a news conference. “The quick response of our officers truly saved a lot of lives today.”