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Latarius Howard Charged with Alleged Murder of Police Officer

Officer Travis Wallace was shot and killed Thursday, November 12, 2020 while attempting to arrest a wanted suspect. (Helena-West Helena Police Department)
Officer Travis Wallace was shot and killed Thursday, November 12, 2020 while attempting to arrest a wanted suspect. (Helena-West Helena Police Department)

Latarius Howard Charged with Alleged Murder of Police Officer

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Suspects wanted in the deadly shooting of an Arkansas police officer have been captured, according to Arkansas State Police.

Police arrested 29-year-old Latarius Howard and 24-year-old Bruce Hillie in Shaw, Mississippi in connection with the murder of Helena-West Helena Police Officer Travis Wallace.

The two suspects were captured following a massive manhunt after the officer was killed Thursday night.

Police confirmed 29-year-old Latarius Howard was captured in Bolivar County, Mississippi.

U.S. Marshals tracked the pair to Bryant Street in Shaw, Mississippi about an hour and a half drive from Helena-West Helena.

Howard has been charged with Capital Murder in the case and he was also wanted on warrants out of Leland, Mississippi for Felon in possession of a firearm and controlled substance charges.

Police said Howard was wanted in connection to another shooting at the time he allegedly shot and killed Officer Wallace in Helena-West Helena.

According to police, Howard is a local resident of Indianola, Mississippi. He was booked into the Sunflower County Jail.

Bruce Hillie, 24, was also been arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension, according to police.

Hillie was arrested with Howard in Indianola by U.S. Marshals.

Bruce Hillie, 24, was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension. (Indianola P.D.)

Bruce Hillie, 24, was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension. (Indianola P.D.)

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