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State Police investigating Forrest City Walmart shooting incident

State Police investigating  Forrest City Walmart shooting incident


LITTLE ROCK — Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their work in Forrest City, collecting evidence and questioning witnesses in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at the Walmart Store located at 205 Deaderick Road. On Monday According to a release from the Arkansas State Police Office of Public affairs, a gunman was killed and two local law enforcement officers were wounded inside the store during an exchange of gunfire.

“The agents will document and collect all evidence related to the incident,” read the statement. “The case file will be presented to the St.

Francis County Prosecuting Attorney who will determine whether the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas laws.”

Two officers were injured, one seriously, during a shooting at a Forrest City Walmart, officials said.

The suspected gunman died and no civilians were injured.

In a press conference, Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams identified the two wounded officers as Det. Eugene Watlington and Lt. Eric Varner. The incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. following reports at the Walmart of an individual threatening people and acting strangely.

St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May identified the suspected gunman as Bobby Joe Gibbs.


FORREST CITY — The East Arkansas Community College Gallery in Forrest City presents The Art of Jazz, an exhibition by artist Angela Green of North Little Rock. The exhibit will run through Feb. 29. The public is invited to meet the artist in the Gallery on Saturday, February 29th, prior to The Spinners Spotlight Series performance in the EACC Fine Arts Center.

A visual artist, graphic designer, and poet, Angela Green began drawing at the age of 12. Her artwork is characterized by vibrant colors, shapes, and values. The subject matter she chooses is diverse and often inspired by everyday objects found in her community. The process she uses to create her work is often spontaneous, and she likes to experiment with different mediums and materials, such acrylic and mixed media, to create unique works of art.

Artist Angela Green’s love for music and great passion for art unleashes her creativity to produce dynamic and unique works of art, and her electrifying energy explodes in bursts of color throughout her artwork. She is considered an abstract artist, but her style ranges from portraits to still-life paintings.

Angela Green’s The Art of Jazz exhibit expresses how jazz influences her art through the various forms of expressions, form, shapes, and colors.

“Jazz is a rhythm that can inspire and impact the arts through creative visual art and musical interpretations,” said Green. “I became interested in painting musical pieces when I would often paint live on stage with a jazz band,” she added.

The combination of art and jazz together ignited Green’s curiosity and influenced her passion to create colorful works of jazz art.

Angela Green has achieved recognition as a regional artist. She has exhibited her artwork in numerous galleries throughout Central Arkansas, and has been featured in YOU Magazine and Shabach Magazine.

Her artwork is included in many private collections nationally and internationally including Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Maryland, Texas, and California, as well as the Netherlands. Green’s work is also included as part of a private collection at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

The EACC Gallery is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City. Daily hours for the Gallery are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon, or as scheduled for special group tours. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call 870-633-4480 or visit the website at

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