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Drug suspect drops guard at Arkansas jail: authorities

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PERRYVILLE, Arkansas — A man incarcerated in a central Arkansas jail on drug charges allegedly shot and killed a guard before someone disarmed him, authorities said Thursday.

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Jeremiah Story, a 21-year-old detention officer at Perry County Jail in Perryville, about 35 miles northwest of Little Rock, died Thursday morning at a hospital, state police said in a statement. Press.

Roderick Lewis, 37, allegedly shot Story in a bathroom late Wednesday night as Lewis changed into civilian clothes and jail gear, state police, who were asked by the county sheriff’s office, said. to investigate. The agency did not say in its press release how Lewis came to have the gun, and declined to elaborate when reached by phone.

Lewis, of North Little Rock, was arrested earlier Wednesday night and was being held on drug and drug paraphernalia charges.

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A witness to the shooting was able to disarm Lewis, who was later transferred to the Faulkner County Detention Center in Conway, police said.