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18-year-old facing murder charge in death of Newport police officer

Tyler Calamese, 18, appeared in a Jackson County court Wednesday morning in connection to the shooting death of Lt. Patrick Weatherford. (KATV photo)

A teenager who was being questioned in connection with the shooting death of a Newport police officer is being held on preliminary charges of capital murder pending a final decision on charges filed by the prosecutor.

Tyler Calamese, 18, appeared in a Jackson County court Wednesday morning. He is being held on no bond pending capital murder charges for the death of Lt. Patrick Weatherford.

Lt. Patrick Weatherford responded to a call of a vehicle break-in Monday night near the Remmel Park area in Newport. When Lt. Weatherford arrived at the scene, he saw an individual fleeing the area. Lt. Weatherford and other Newport officers chased the suspect on foot, entering a residential area. Police say the suspect then turned and fired a gun at police.

Lt. Weatherford was wounded and taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Calamese turned himself in to police late Monday night. He was held without charges and questioned in connection with the case.

An Arkansas State Police investigator told the court Wednesday morning Tyler Calamese admitted to firing the shot that killed Lt. Weatherford.

The Arkansas Public Defender Commission assigned two attorneys to Tyler Calamese. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 20.

According to the Craighead County jail website, Calamese was booked into its jail at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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