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State Flags Lowered for a Chief Deputy Killed in the Line Of Duty

ARKANSAS -- Allen Ray "Pete" Richardson was driving a homeless man to a shelter in Miller County when his department vehicle veered into the opposite lane. The homeless man was arrested in connection to the chief deputy's death.
 Michael Lee Ackart, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael Lee Ackart, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Beebe has ordered Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday to honor a Lafayette County Chief Deputy.

Pete Richardson of Taylor died in the line of duty on March 17.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Allen Ray "Pete" Richardson, 50, was killed in a three car collision on Highway 82, west of Lewisville, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website.

Richardson was driving a homeless man identified as Michael Lee Ackart, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a shelter in Miller County when his department vehicle veered into the opposite lane, colliding first with a Toyota SUV and then a tractor trailer rig. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ackart is being held in the Miller County Jail.  According to a Kansas City Star report, Ackart told police he was sitting in the front passenger seat of the law enforcement vehicle when he leaned over and grabbed the steering wheel, causing the deadly crash.

Chief Deputy Richardson had served with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He was also running for sheriff in the November election, seeking to replace Victor Rose, who is not running for re-election.

Nettie Shumpert, 58, of Hot Springs, the driver of the Toyota was also injured in the crash.

The proclamation can be viewed by clicking here.

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