Sheriff: Suspect shot after attacking officers with edged weapon

Two law enforcement officers were wounded Saturday morning in Cleburne County. The suspect was shot in the incident.

On Saturday morning, August 6, a Cleburne County deputy and a Heber Springs police officer made contact with an individual concerning a call for service, a press release from the sheriff said. During their interaction, the suspect is alleged to have attacked the deputy and the officer with an edged weapon. The suspect was also shot during the altercation.

All three were transported to the hospital and have been receiving treatment. The injuries sustained by the officer and the deputy are non-life threatening. The suspect’s condition is currently unknown.

We are not releasing any names at this time, and the investigation has been turned over to State Police. We have received numerous calls and texts asking how the Officer and Deputy are, and we appreciate the support and care of our community for that. The multiple agencies involved have done a great job, and we appreciate all the help they’ve provided. Please say a prayer for all involved.

Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown

State Police released the following information Saturday:

A Cleburne County sheriff’s deputy and a Heber Springs police officer were wounded by a suspect who was suspected of trespassing on property along the eastern edge of Heber Springs this morning.

  About 8 AM local law enforcement authorities were notified of a trespasser at 295 Wilburn Road.  The sheriff’s deputy and local police officer encountered Cody Weidemann, 31, of Bentonville at the address.

  During an altercation with Weideman, both law enforcement officers were cut with a razor type instrument.  The sheriff’s deputy and police officer both used gunfire to subdue Weideman.  None of the three are believed to have sustained life-threatening wounds.

 The local police officer was treated and released at a local hospital.  The sheriff’s deputy and Weideman were transported to a Little Rock hospital.  Both are reported to be in stable condition.

  An investigation into the use of deadly force by the law enforcement officers will be conducted by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and submitted to the Cleburne County prosecuting attorney who will determine whether the gunfire by both officers was used consistent with Arkansas laws.

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