Lt. Patrick Weatherford, a Newport, Arkansas police officer’s killing is a mystery of sorts. Not many details have been released in his unfortunate killing by authorities till now. It is notwithstanding the fact that his services are being praised by officials and his colleagues.
The words of praise for him are not unexpected as Lt. Patrick Weatherford was named Jackson County Officer of the Year in the year 2016. He was a very responsible officer who never allowed anything to come in his line of duty.
Nonetheless, till now, not much information is forthcoming from the police in Arkansas as far as June 12 shooting is concerned. Meanwhile officials are saying that a massive manhunt in underway to nab the killer behind Patrick Weatherford shooting and his unfortunate death.
Patrick Weatherford was associated with the Newport Police for the last 15 years. He was associated with Criminal Investigations Division of the Newport Police. His LinkedIn page says he joined the force in May 2002. Newport is the county seat of Jackson County, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife Kristen and a son.
In a tweet, Little Rock police announced the police officer’s death saying, “The police officer shot in the line of duty in Newport has died. Please pray for the officer’s family, friends & department before going to bed”. It is said that the officer was shot around 7:30 p.m. in the line of duty and died at the hospital.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement saying, “Today marks the end of watch for Lt. Patrick Weatherford, the Jackson County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2016. Lt. Weatherford was known for routinely preventing incidents and altercations from escalating into crisis, and I have no doubt that Lt. Weatherford began his watch today with the same mission to protect and serve the community he loved so much. His young family and his fellow officers of the Newport Police Department are all grieving, and I pray that God will bring them strength and peace in the days ahead. May we all be reminded of the words found in John 15:13, ‘that greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’”
The officer believed in learning and knowledge. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in criminal justice and police science in 2015. In 2017, only recently, he received a master’s degree from the same university in Little Rock in criminal justice and law enforcement administration, according to his LinkedIn page. He also attended the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. And he received an associate of science degree from Arkansas State University in Newport in 2013.