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Lieutenant Governor Griffin Issues Statement Regarding Shooting of Law Enforcement Officers in Sebastian County

August 10, 2016

Says, ‘my heart breaks for and prayers go out to’ the family of Deputy Cooper and Chief Spells and his family

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement regarding the shooting of law enforcement officers today in Sebastian County:

“My heart breaks for and prayers go out to the family of Sebastian County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Cooper who paid the ultimate price to keep Arkansans safe, and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells and his family as he recovers from his injuries. Today’s shooting is yet another tragic reminder that law enforcement officers run toward danger to protect our families from it.”

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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