Police say an Arkansas officer was just sitting in his car when someone walked up and executed him, 5 News Online reports. Officer Stephen Carr was waiting for his partner behind the Fayetteville police station Saturday morning when a man armed with a 9mm handgun shot him multiple times, the department said. Responding officers pursued the suspect, London T. Phillips, into an alley and shot him dead in a gun battle, per Heavy. The fire department and EMS showed up, tried to save Carr and Phillips, and both died at the scene. Which left the police department asking why.
In a statement, police said 27-year-old Carr "was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle." Police Chief Mike Reynolds said it "appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer," per ABC News, adding that the killer "had no motive at all." A high school athlete, Carr was hired by the department in 2017, worked the entertainment district, and "served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past 2 1/2 years, he is a HERO," police said. "Our thoughts are with Officer Carr's family during this tragic time." Carr's family is accepting donations on GoFundMe and tributes are pouring into the department's Facebook page. (Read more police officer stories.)