Arkansas officer killed by vehicle hailed as “example”


PEA RIDGE, Ark. (AP) – A policeman killed by a vehicle in the parking lot of a northwest Arkansas convenience store has been hailed as “an example of what he did.”

Pea Ridge Police Officer Kevin Apple died on June 26 when he was struck and dragged about 150 feet by a vehicle matching the description police wanted.

Governor Asa Hutchinson was one of many dignitaries to speak at Apple’s funeral on Friday. He said the occasion was not just a memorial to Apple, but a tribute to the hundreds of law enforcement officers nearly filling an auditorium in Pea Ridge.

“He did what he was trained to do. He did what he promised to do, ”Hutchinson said. “And he faced danger to protect others. His death tragically illustrates the danger our law enforcement officers face every day to keep us safe.”

Investigators say the suspicious vehicle was parked at gas pumps about 249 kilometers northwest of Little Rock when Apple and another officer approached him to speak to the occupants. An altercation ensued and the vehicle crashed into a patrol car and left the scene, hitting and dragging Apple about 150 yards.

Police then located the vehicle in Bella Vista, about 9 miles west of Pea Ridge, and arrested Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, the driver of the car, and Elijah Andazola, 18, of Bella Vista, his passenger. Both were being held without bail on allegations of capital murder and flight. Cash was released from prison despite a history of low-intensity drugs and theft.

Both are being jailed without bail, and prison records do not list attorneys who could speak on their behalf.


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