Bowden was arrested Thursday afternoon in Yell County in the fatal shooting of Lt. Kevin Mainhart as well as the deaths of two other unidentified victims.
Police have not released many details surrounding the case, which is still part of an ongoing and active investigation, but Bowden's family said the entire incident stemmed from an argument with his girlfriend. Mainhart was fatally shot, and a passerby phoned for help, police said.
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Yell County Deputies and Arkansas State Police identified a location where a suspect is believed to be located.
Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, 46, was fatally shot Thursday morning when he pulled over the suspect in a traffic stop, officials said.
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James Arthur Bowden, 42, surrendered Thursday after a five-hour standoff at a house near Dardanelle where 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciera Miller were found dead, the state police said.
He was taken into custody about 2:45 p.m.
James Michael Bowden is facing three counts of Capital Murder.
Lieutenant Mainhart had served the citizens of Yell County as a law enforcement officer for five years and previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department following a career of more than twenty years. When he returned to Arkansas, he worked for the West Memphis Police Department for 20 years.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson expressed "deepest sympathies" to Mainhart's family and the sheriff's department he left behind.