16-year-old charged in shooting death of Arkansas police officer
By Jennifer Cruz
Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 41, of Newport, was shot and killed in the line of duty last month. (Photo: Arkansas State Police)
Two Arkansas teens were charged Wednesday with counts related to last month’s fatal shooting of Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford.
Derrick Heard, 16, was charged as an adult on counts of capital murder, attempted capital murder, breaking or entering, theft of property, and possession of a handgun by a minor. Tyler Calamese, 18, is charged with breaking or entering, theft of property, and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor. Both are due to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court next week, according to reports from local media.
Calamese, who turned himself after an hours-long manhunt following the shooting, was originally THV 11. “He doesn’t know what to think. He’s trying to protect us. I know my son and that’s what he’s trying to do.”
Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce called the investigation “an intensive effort,” and noted that officials are confident the evidence supports the charges.
Authorities say the shooting unfolded while Weatherford and another officer were responding to a call about a break-in. After the call, the officers saw Heard, who matched the description of the suspect, near the location