Investigator: Suspect admitted to fatally shooting officer

Tyler Calamese (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
Tyler Calamese (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A man arrested in the murder investigation of Lt. Patrick Weatherford appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Tyler Calamese, 18, was held without bond following the court appearance.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce says investigators continue to review evidence in the case and follow leads.

"The investigation is ongoing and when the effort is complete, and we have had the chance to review the evidence in its entirety, we will then be able to make a final charging decision," Boyce said in a statement Wednesday.

During the court proceedings, an investigator said when Calamese was questioned he admitted to firing a shot that killed Weatherford.

Weatherford was shot at least twice, according to Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Crime Lab. He was hit once in the abdomen and around the heart.

ASP said Calamese turned himself over to Newport police Monday night following the deadly shooting.

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