Deputies identified in case of death of arrestee

41-year-old man dies in sheriff’s dept. custody, state police investigating

CROSS COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a suspect that was under arrest by the Cross County Sheriff’s Office.

Arkansas State Police Public Information Officer Bill Sadler told Region 8 News over the phone that agents were requested by the prosecuting attorney’s office to investigate the death.

Sadler said Sheriff David West asked state police to take over the investigation.

ASP said Jefferey Scott Lueallen, 41, ran from Deputies Kendole Boykin and Duane Bell, around 3:45 Tuesday morning.

The deputies had approached him and a second person, identified as Chris Burchfield, in what was described as a field near Highway 42 and Highway 163, just west of the Birdeye area.

Sadler said the victim’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the cause and manner of death.

State police will continue their investigation by speaking to witnesses.

Region 8 News also reached out to Cross County Sheriff David West for details on the arrest, but he said the information would need to come from Arkansas State Police.

State police will compile an investigative file and present it to the Cross County prosecuting attorney to determine whether any criminal violations may have occurred during the incident.

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