LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Thursday afternoon, Little Rock police officers showed their support for Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart, a Yell County Sheriff's Department deputy murdered in the line of duty.
At around 1:40 p.m., officers gathered above the Cantrell and Rodney Parham Roads over passes of Interstate 430 as the escort holding Mainhart passed under.
Nearly 40 officers followed the escort back to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Upon arrival, they surrounded the escort to show their support. Police gathered around the escort as Mainhart's casket was unloaded. Officers stood close by with a salute as the casket was covered with an American flag.
Officer Steve Moore with Little Rock Police Department said that anytime a tragedy like this happens, they want to honor the officer who made the ultimate sacrifice.
He said these events are never easy to attend. In his 30 years of service, he has mourned the loss of 4 fellow officers in his department who were killed in the line of duty. He said he can relate to what Yell County officers are experiencing.
“It’s hard to describe because even though I don’t know this officer he is still a brother to me so I can imagine what these fellow officers are feeling,” said Officer Moore.
Moore also said that officers expect Mainhart's body to be released from the crime lab Friday morning. LRPD officers plan to be there to show their support as he is escorted back to Yell County.
Moore also mentioned that as police officers continue to build bridges with the people they serve, they appreciate the support and prayers of those in the community during this difficult time.
You can see the processional footage by clicking here.