LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas' elected officials are saluting fallen Yell County Deputy Lieutenant, Kevin C. Mainhart, who was killed during a traffic stop on Thursday.

Several legislators issued statements offering their condolences.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson:

“Tonight, we send our deepest sympathies to the family of Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart of the Yell County Sherriff’s Department, who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier today. Lieutenant Mainhart’s 25-year career in law enforcement in West Memphis and Yell County made Arkansas a safer place. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Mainhart family and all those who put their own lives in danger to serve and protect.”

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart and the families of the other victims. So many have been affected by this senseless tragedy. Today, Arkansans collectively grieve for the loss of Lt. Mainhart in the line of duty and recognize his sacrifice, the sacrifice of his family and the danger faced by law enforcement on a daily basis."

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