Who is Latarius Howard?
Latarius Howard has identified as the suspect “armed and dangerous” who was also being sought in a previous shooting that occurred Sunday, resulting in a police officer’s death, authorities said.
A manhunt was launched for Howard in Arkansas on Thursday night after a police officer was shot and killed at a motel, according to our local Fox affiliate.
How old is Latarius Howard?
Latarius Howard is 29 years old.
Howard was on the run following Thursday’s shooting at the Delta Inn Motel in West Helena, Arkansas, according to FOX 16 in Little Rock.
Howard allegedly entered the victim’s house, hit him in the head, and shot him. Officers originally spotted Howard in a vehicle outside the motel around 4:30 pm Thursday.
Authorities said he jumped out of the car and started firing at the officers, striking one of them. The Helena-West Helena police officer killed Thursday died at Helena Regional Medical Center.
Manhunt: Where is Latarius Howard?
Latarius Howard was believed to be traveling in a maroon SUV, reports said. Arkansas State Police and special agents from the Little Rock ATF field office are helping to locate Howard.
BREAKING: .@ATFNewOrleans Special Agents from Little Rock Field Office are responding to report of a shooting of a police officer outside of Helena-West Helena, AR. Please direct all media inquiries to Helena-West Helena PD. pic.twitter.com/BlpOfFD9b2
— ATF New Orleans (@ATFNewOrleans) November 13, 2020
What we know so far
According to Helena-West Helena Police, the shooting happened when officers were looking for a suspect in connection with a November 1 shooting at 360 Denise Drive in West Helena. The suspect had reportedly came into the victim’s house, hit him in the head and shot him.
Officers spotted the suspect in a vehicle outside of the Delta Inn on Highway 49 at around 4:30 pm.
Prior to the shooting, the Helena-West Helena Police Department had received information that Howard was involved in a previous incident on Sunday, in West Helena, reports said.