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Death of Ark. police officer prompts policy change

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Police officers are sent in pairs to certain calls since a Fort Smith officer was shot to death five years ago.

Police Chief Kevin Lindsey told the Southwest Times Record (http://bit.ly/GPJ3Cl) that the March 23, 2007, death of Officer Daniel Martinez is still felt throughout the department.

Martinez had been on the force for eight months when he accompanied Donna Stevens to get her son from estranged boyfriend Bobby Englebright.

When Stevens knocked on the door and Englebright's brother, Richard, answered, she said she wanted her son and was told to wait.

When Englebright returned, he shot Martinez in the head and shot Stevens.

Englebright drove to Oklahoma, where he committed suicide after being stopped by the Highway Patrol.

Lindsey says two officers respond to domestic and standby calls.

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