Suspect in death of Ark. DOC sergeant is captured after manhunt

Sgt. Joshua Caudell's K-9 team was helping deputies search for the suspect when he was shot


By Associated Press

MAUMELLE, Ark. — A man suspected in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas Department of Corrections sergeant was captured early Tuesday, authorities said.

Sgt. Joshua Caudell of the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections was shot and killed while helping police search for a suspect on Feb. 28, 2021.
Sgt. Joshua Caudell of the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections was shot and killed while helping police search for a suspect on Feb. 28, 2021. (Officer Down Memorial Page)

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Demark Lee Jordan, 38, was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Authorities were searching for him in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of Sgt. Joshua Caudell, a 29-year-old sergeant who was assisting local law enforcement.

A court hearing wasn’t immediately set for Jordan and it wasn’t known Tuesday morning whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Caudell, a married father of three children, was part of a K-9 team assisting Pulaski County deputies who were responding to a residential disturbance in Maumelle, just outside Little Rock. Authorities have said someone opened fire on responding officers, and Caudell was struck and killed.

Caudell had worked with the Department of Corrections since December 2012.

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