1 police officer dead, 2 suspects arrested after incident at gas station in Pea Ridge

Northwest Arkansas News

PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Pea Ridge Police Department reports that one officer has been killed at the White Oak gas station on the corner of Slack St. and S. Curtis Ave.

Crime Scene at 132 Slack St. in Pea Ridge

Lt. Michael Lisenbee said Officers Kevin Apple and Brian Stamps attempted to stop a car that was being pursued by the Rogers Police Department at the gas station.

The car hit the officers’ patrol vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. While fleeing, the driver of the vehicle hit Officer Apple and fled.

Officer Kevin Apple, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement who served on the Pea Ridge Police Department for three years, died at the scene.

Police say Officer Apple did fire his weapon before he was struck by the vehicle.

Pea Ridge PD, Rogers PD, and Arkansas State Police later arrived at the crime scene.

Officer Kevin Apple

Multiple agencies including Bella Vista PD and Benton County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle that allegedly hit Officer Apple, which was eventually stopped in Bella Vista.

After a pursuit that led multiple agencies into Bella Vista, two suspects were arrested.

Shawna Cash, 22, and Elijah Andazola, 18, were arrested on multiple counts including Captial Murder.

Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith says the two suspects are expected to face multiple additional charges related to the incident including felony fleeing.

Shawna Cash
Elijah Andazola

Cash is listed as having additional charges of reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and improper use of registration.

Both are held on no bond according to the Benton County Jail’s inmate roster.

A candlelight vigil was held for Officer Apple Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at City Park in Pea Ridge along with a processional as his body was escorted to the State Crime Lab in Little Rock Sunday morning.

Pea Ridge Fraternal Order of Police has a donations account set up in memory of Officer Apple. Those who wish to donate can stop by any Arvest location and ask to donate to the Pea Ridge Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 88 relief account. FOP leaders said all money donated to that account will be put towards all the needs of Officer Apple’s family.

This is a developing story. Stay with KNWA/Fox 24 for updates.

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