Raymond Lewis Williams Jr, was killed during a seven-hour standoff with police in Arkansas on Tuesday
Williams Jr authorities said killed two women and barricaded himself inside his home’
Three people are dead in east Arkansas after a standoff that ended in a shooting
State Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old Raymond Williams Jr and the slain women as Christina Fulmer, 36, and 28-year-old Deanna Thomas Banks
Troopers tried to communicate with Williams for hours before throwing tear gas into the home, on entering found him holding a rifle and shooting him dead
Three people are dead in east Arkansas after a standoff on Tuesday ended with state police shooting and killing a gunman, authorities said.
The near seven-hour standoff ended when state troopers shot and killed an armed man suspected of killing two women who were found dead in a front yard earlier that day, police said.
State Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old Raymond Lewis Williams Jr. and the slain women as 36-year-old Christina Fulmer and 28-year-old Deanna Thomas Banks.
Police say the women were found dead Tuesday in the front yard of Williams’ home in Helena-West Helena, about 100 miles east of Little Rock, WMC reported.
The city’s police chief, James Patrick Smith, said investigators believe Williams shot them before barricading himself indoors.
State Police said troopers tried to communicate with Williams for hours before they used tear gas in the home.
The slain women were identified as Christina Fulmer (left), 36, Deanna Thomas Banks, 28, [right]. The bodies were found on the front lawn of Williams Jr’s home
Officers entered his home, found him with a rifle and a shootout ensued, resulting in Williams’ death.
All three bodies will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.
The troopers who fired on Williams have been placed on paid administrative leave while special agents prepare a report to present to the county prosecuting attorney, who will determine if the shooting was lawful, as is standard for police shootings.