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Cops launch manhunt for suspect, 29, who ‘shot dead police officer outside an Arkansas hotel’ 

Latarius Howard (pictured in undated mugshot) is the subject of a police manhunt on Thursday evening in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Latarius Howard (pictured in undated mugshot) is the subject of a police manhunt on Thursday evening in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Authorities have launched a desperate search for an Arkansas man who allegedly shot dead a police officer on Thursday night.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department revealed that an officer was fatally struck and later died Helena Regional Medical Center. 

The officer has not yet been identified. 

Authorities have begun a manhunt for the suspect, 29-year-old Latarius Howard, who has not been captured or located. 

Police Chief James Smith told Fox13 that the incident happened around 4.30pm when officers dispatched to a local Delta Inn near U.S. Route 49.

Smith said they received a tip regarding a suspect involved in a separate shooting that happened last Sunday in Helena-West Helena.

When officers arrived at the Delta Inn, Howard was allegedly seated inside a vehicle but jumped out of the car and opened fire.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department said a unidentified officer was shot dead on Thursday night outside of a Delta Inn

Howard, who is still on the run, is considered armed and dangerous by the Helena-West Helena Police Department

Howard, who is still on the run, is considered armed and dangerous by the Helena-West Helena Police Department 

He fled the area and was last seen in a maroon SUV. Howard, also known as L.T. Truitt, is considered armed and dangerous.

Multiple agencies, including ATF New Orleans, ATF Little Rock and Arkansas State Police, have joined the search for Howard. 

Footage shared by KARK show medical crews and officers at the crime scene, where yellow tape roped off the area amid the ongoing investigation. 

Authorities believed Howard was involved in the shooting that happened on November 1.

Police believe Howard may be involved in a sepaate shootinh that occured on November 1 in Helena-West Helena

Police believe Howard may be involved in a sepaate shootinh that occured on November 1 in Helena-West Helena 

Fox 13 reports that Helena-West Helena officers responded to a 6am shooting near Denise Drive, which sat just five minutes away from the Delta Inn.

Officers discovered Charles Selvy, 45, who appeared to be bleeding from his ankle.

Selvy claimed that he was sitting on his couch listening to music when a black man burst through the door, hit him over the head and shot him.

Selvy was transported to Helena Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Regional One Health Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Police received information that Howard may be involved in the shooting.

If anyone has information about Howard’s whereabouts or the November 1 shooting, please call Helena-West Helena police at 870-572-3441.  

DailyMail.com has contacted the Helena-West Helena Police Department for further details. 

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