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Lafayette County Chief Deputy killed in accident, suspect charged

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Michael Lee Ackart (source: Miller County Sheriff's Office) Michael Lee Ackart (source: Miller County Sheriff's Office)
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UPDATE: Lafayette County Sheriff's Office released Tuesday that Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was in the process of transporting a homeless person, identified as 30 year-old Michael Lee Ackart, from Tulsa, Oklahoma when the fatal accident happened. 

Richardson and Ackart were en route from Lafayette County to a homeless shelter in Miller County. Chief Richardson was westbound on U.S. Highway 82 driving a Dodge Nitro about 4 miles west of Lewisville when Ackart allegedly reached over and grabbed the steering wheel causing Chief Richardson to swerve into the eastbound lane and strike a small passenger vehicle and then into the path of an 18-wheeler.

Chief Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. Ackart was taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana. Ackart is being held in the Miller County Detention Center where he is being charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

Chief Richardson was a 19 year veteran of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office and was a candidate for Lafayette County Sheriff in the upcoming election.


 

According to the Texarkana Gazette, Lafayette County Chief Deputy, Pete Richardson, who was running for Sheriff, was killed Monday afternoon in a 3-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 82 west of Lewisville, Ark. 

Richardson was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 82 in a Lafayette County Jeep SUV patrol vehicle with a passenger, according to sources working the accident scene.

The emergency call was recorded at 2:48 p.m.

Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Jeep reportedly hit an oncoming vehicle then the vehicles hit a tractor-trailer rig and veered off the roadway. 

KTBS 3 News has learned that the passenger in the Jeep was taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries. Once discharged, the passenger is expected to be placed in police custody with charges pending. It is unclear at this point what exactly those charges are.

The drivers of the oncoming car and tractor-trailer were also injured and transported to Texarkana hospitals. 

The accident is still under investigation. 

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