Area law officers mourn loss of a brother in blue

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Area law enforcement officers are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department was killed in the line of duty Monday night.

On Tuesday, police and sheriff's departments all across Region 8 took to social media to express their condolences and offer support for Weatherford's family and his colleagues.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said Weatherford truly impacted the community.

"It didn't matter what agency he was from, local, state, federal, Patrick was just a well active individual from all agencies," Lucas said.

Lucas said he was well-respected amongst a variety of people.

"Patrick was the type of individual where suspects even liked him," Lucas said. "That's just the type of individual he was. He was a good father to his wife and children. He was an all-around good guy."

Jackson County Sheriff's Department

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd issued a statement on the sheriff's office website.

"By all accounts, Lt. Weatherford was a great guy, a good investigator, and was the one known to de-escalate situations," the sheriff said in part.

Boyd continued to state, "Lt. Weatherford was not just a detective with the NPD, but was also their Public Information Officer, so he had interaction with people from all over the region. Everyone I have talked to has a story about Patrick. The impact he had on his community will be felt for generations. He will not be forgotten."

"The Craighead County Sheriff's Office offers their heartfelt condolences to Lt. Weatherford's family, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy, brother. We will take it from here," Boyd concluded.

Poinsett County Sheriff's Office

Kensett Police Department

Walnut Ridge Police Department

Arkansas Wildlife Officers Association

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