Posted May 12, 2017 12:50 pm by Comments

By Jennifer Cruz

Kevin Mainhart was said to be a respected member not only with the sheriff’s department but the entire community. (Photo: Yell County Sheriff’s Department)
Following a five-hour standoff and hostage situation Thursday at a home just outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a man is in police custody and charged with the murder of three people including a sheriff’s deputy.
Arkansas State Police identified the deceased officer as Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, of the Yell County Sheriff’s Department. The names and ages of the remaining two victims have not been released at this time, but both were reported to be female.
“This deputy checked in for duty this morning not even realizing that this would be his last call,” said Bill Sadler with the Arkansas State Police.
The suspect, James Michael Bowden, 32, surrendered to authorities and is charged with three counts of Capital Murder.
Bowden’s girlfriend, who has only been identified as “Haley,” was held hostage by Bowden during the standoff and released about 30 minutes prior to his surrender. She is said to be safe and unharmed.
According to authorities, the incident unfolded Thursday morning after the sheriff’s office received a call about a disturbance at a home on Gum Springs Road. Soon thereafter,


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