Suspect shot to death by authorities in Izard Co.

MELBOURNE (AP) - Authorities say officers shot and killed a Melbourne man accused of shooting his wife.

Authorities say Dennis Lawrence was fatally shot Saturday night near his home in Melbourne. The sheriff's office says Lawrence's wife, Shelley Lawrence, called 911 to report that her husband had shot her.

The North Central Unit at Calico Rock sent in a three-person team along with a search dog to assist in the hunt for Lawrence. Authorities say he was eventually located in a nearby wooded area.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson tells the Batesville Daily Guard that officers opened fire after Lawrence did not respond to officers' commands to put his weapon down.

The sheriff's office says Shelley Lawrence was taken to a Little Rock hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

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