Perry County Detention Officer dies in jail shooting; ASP/CID leading probe

The Arkansas State Police is investigating a shooting inside the Perry County Jail that has claimed the life of a correctional officer.  The incident occurred late Wednesday night (June 22nd) in Perryville.

State police special agents were called to the jail by local sheriff’s department authorities to begin the investigation which is continuing this morning.  The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into the circumstances of the apparent homicide.

A 37-year-old man who was in the process of being booked into the jail after his arrest by Perry County deputies is being held in connection with the shooting.

The name of the correctional officer is being withheld at this hour during the notification of next of kin process.  A follow-up news release will be distributed later Thursday morning.