JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas lawmakers offered their condolences Tuesday to the family and colleagues of Lt. Patrick Weatherford.
Governor Asa Hutchinson commended Lt. Patrick Weatherford's 15-year career with the Newport Police Department, stating he demonstrated "bravery, selflessness and commitment" to his community.
Calling it a "heartbreaking tragedy," Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Weatherford's shooting death in the line of duty should serve as a "sobering reminder of the dangers our men and women in law enforcement face" each day:
A native of Region 8, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge offered her prayers and condolences to both Weatherford's young family and his fellow officers:
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton echoed Rutledge's recognition of Weatherford as Officer of the Year, and commended his "unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our state":
Rep. Ryan Crawford, who represents the First Congressional District, and U.S. Senator John Boozman each took to Twitter to offer their thoughts and prayers:
Rep. Michael John Gray, who represents District 47 in the Arkansas House of Representatives which includes parts of Jackson County and Newport, said Weatherford's "dedication to service" would serve as an inspiration to all in his district and throughout the state:
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