Motive remains unclear this morning in the fatal shooting of a Fayetteville police officer outside police headquarters shortly before he was to go on duty about 9:40 p.m. Saturday night. Officers responding to the shooting shot and killed the suspect shortly afterward.

Police said the suspect fired at officers who shot him in an alley near the police station at Rock Street and Block Avenue near the downtown square.

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Neither the officer nor the suspect has been identified. A police spokesman said last night that it appeared the officer had been “executed.”

Stephen Carr

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Update: The Fayeteville Flyer tweets:

The officer who was shot and killed Saturday night has been identified as 27-year-old Stephen Carr. He had been with the department since 2017, and was part of the Bike Patrol Unit, which patrols the Dickson Street ertainment District and the Uptown District.

Also, KNWA identifies the suspect as London Phillips.

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SECOND UPDATE: More here from the Fayetteville Flyer on the gun battle with Phillips. Media are also reporting Phillips had a domestic assault conviction in Florida in 2012. Also, he held a medical marijuana card, which under federal law disqualified him from legally purchasing or possessing a weapon.

The shooting was the third of the weekend involving police. Bentonvillie police killed a suspected convenience store robber Friday night. In Pine Bluff Saturday afternoon, shots were exchanged between officers and suspects, but no one was injured. Two people were taken into custody.