Corrections sergeant assisting Arkansas police fatally shot

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Department of Corrections sergeant was shot Monday morning while assisting local law enforcement in central Arkansas, authorities said.

The department identified the officer as Sgt. Joshua Caudell, 29, married with three children.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a residential disturbance at a home in Maumelle, just outside Little Rock. Caudell was part of a K9 team assisting the deputies.

Police believe someone ran away from the house and the tracker dog led authorities to a nearby trailer.

The sheriff’s office said someone opened fire on the officers from under the trailer, killing Caudell, Lt. Cody Burk told Little Rock TV station KTHV.

Authorities surrounded the caravan, but no arrests were made. The sheriff’s office named Demark Lee Jordan, 38, as a suspect in the shooting, and authorities are looking for him and a gray 2012 GMC Sierra with an Arkansas license plate number of 345-YNJ.

Several nearby schools have been closed as a precaution.

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