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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Newport Officer Recap PKG

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Newport Officer Recap PKG
Newport Officer Recap PKG
Newport Officer Recap PKG

Didn't just lose a police officer.

We lost a really good friend."

"((kevin)) a 15-year-veteran shot and killed last night after responding to a call to investigate vehicle break--ins."david stewart "obviously our hearts are broken today."

((donna)) 41-year-old newport police lietutenant patrick weathford -- gunned down monday -- in the line of duty.sirens blasting during motorcade((kevin))a somber day in arkansas--with many broken hearts as his body is escorted back to newport today..

((kevin)) good evening, i'm kevin kelly.((donna)) i'm donna terrell.

The last time newport lost an officer in the line of duty was 19-18.((kevin)) fox 16's stephanie sharp spoke with a man who says lt.

Weatherford was a friend and a huge part of the newport community..

((stephanie))many in the newport community are mourning the loss of lt.

Weatherford.

His body is here at the funeral home.

We spoke with a person who has known lt.

Weatherford for years.

Emotionally - he says he's trying to wrap his mind around what happened.

(jon chadwell / friend of lt.

Patrick weatherford)708 everyone is just in shock right nowit's news jon chadwell says he never expected can to hear... his friend newport police lt.

Patrick weatherford was killed in the line of duty monday.(jon chadwell / friend of lt.

Patrick weatherford)711 you don't want to believe it's going to happen /and you see it happening all across the united states and you don't want believe it's going to happen here and you really don't want to believe it's going to happen to somebody that's a friend of yourschadwell works for the city of newport - and his wife owns a local flower shop.

Instead of spending his day working... he's helping prepare flowers and bows in honor of his friend patrick.(jon chadwell / friend of lt.

Patrick weatherford)643 he was the kind of person who could walk into a situation and just kinda de-escalate things and make things better even in a bad situation 653 that's why it's so unbelievable(newport police chief michael scudder):11 all he wanted to do was come to work and make things better for our communityin a press conference newport police chief michael scudder mirrored chadwell words..

Saying he was a family man and a beloved member of the newport.(jon chadwell / friend of lt.

Patrick weatherford)638 the whole community is hurting.

He was a wonderful guy chadwell says he was a good friend -- and an even better officer.(jon chadwell / friend of lt.

Patrick weatherford)820 i would saw if every law enforcement officer would be like patrick then it would be a pretty good world.

((stephanie))visitation will be held thursday at jackson's newport funeral home from 2-to-4 and 5- to-9.

The funeral service will be held friday at , eleven a-m at the a-s-u newport center for the arts.and he will be buried at chesier cemetery in tuckerman.

((kevin)) certainly a difficult time for weatherford's family and friends.... are they being taken care of... are people or the community helping them get through this?- ((donna)) lt.

Weatherford served on the newport police force for 15 years and had recently graduated from the fbi academy.

He was also a graduate of asu- newport and the university of arkansas at little rock.

He was recognized as the á2016 jackson county officer of the yeará - by arkansas attorney general leslie rutledge..weatherford is survived by his wife - 21 year old daughter and seven year old son.

((kevin)) state police say an 18-year-old suspect turned himself in about an hour and half after weatherford's death.

Tonight -- tyler calamese is being held in connection to his murder.... but so far no formal charges have been filed.

But according to jackson county jail records -- calamese has been arrested on suspicion of capital murder.

He's scheduled to appear for a bond hearing tomorrow morning at 9am.

((kevin)) faith davis is a former classmate of calamese.

She remembers the basketball and football player - who would be a senior with her this upcoming school year.

She told us today -- his future after high school seemed bright.

Faith davis, former classmate"he's a good kid.

I don't really see a reason to change views about him now.

Just kind of be there for him, whether he did it or not."

Davis says she can't understand how calamese could be at the center of lt.

Weatherford's death.

Today---the governor ordering all flags in the state be flown at half staff -- in honor of lieutenant weatherford.

And he released this statement--saying in part-- "we are forever indebted to men and women like lt.

Weatherford -- who put their lives on the line every day to keep others safe.."

((donna))and we will continue to cover this story

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