Government leaders, law enforcement remember slain Yell Co. deputy

Yell County's Lt. Kevin Mainhart was shot and killed in the line of duty by a suspect. (Photo courtesy: West Memphis Police Department)

Government leaders and law enforcement across the country offered their sympathies to the family of a deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday.

According to State Police, Yell County's Lt. Kevin Mainhart, 46, was fatally wounded as he initiated a traffic stop at State Highway 27 and Slo-Fork Road while responding to a disturbance call on Gum Springs Road.

Authorities have identified the alleged suspect as James Bowden.

ASP Spokesman Bill Sadler said he stopped the vehicle because he had possible information on a suspect vehicle connected to the disturbance call.

Police departments and lawmakers took to social media to offer their condolences.

Statement from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson:

Statement from Little Rock Police Department:

Statement from Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas:

Statement from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin:

Statement from Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas:

Statement from Conway Police Department:

Statement from North Little Rock Police Department:

Statement from Sebastian County Sheriff's Office:

Statement from NYPD Ceremonial Unit:

Statement from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge:

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