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Man arrested in connection to fatal shooting of Arkansas sergeant

Authorities arrested 37-year-old Demark Lee Jordan, Tuesday morning at a gas station in the Morgan area.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The man accused of shooting and killing an Arkansas Department of Corrections sergeant is expected in court Wednesday. 

Authorities arrested 37-year-old Demark Lee Jordan, Tuesday morning at a gas station in the Morgan area.

Jordan was charged with capital murder and two counts of criminal attempt to commit capital murder in connection to the death of Sgt. Joshua Caudell.

As of Wednesday morning, Jordan was in the Pulaski County Jail without bond.

Jordan was the subject of a 34-hour manhunt that started Sunday night with a welfare check at his home on Corvallis Road in Maumelle.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, no one answered the door when deputies knocked.

As those deputies shined a flashlight inside, they say someone started shooting at them, struck both patrol vehicles on the scene, and ultimately got away.

Arkansas Department of Corrections tracking dogs responded to assist in searching for the suspect.

The dogs led authorities to a trailer on Overstreet Road, about a block away from Jordan's home. Investigators say Jordan fatally shot Sgt. Caudell from under that trailer early Monday morning.

Caudell, 29, had worked for the Department of Corrections since 2012. He was a married father of three children.

During his weekly address on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed the state's gratitude to Caudell's family.

Secretary of Corrections, Solomon Graves said the department had no formal statement regarding the arrest of the suspect.

"We would continue to ask the people of the state to join us in prayer for Sgt. Caudell's family and celebrate his life of service. For us, that is most important right now," said Graves.

Funeral arrangements for ADC Sgt. Joshua Caudell will be held at Family Church in White Hall. For more information on how to make a donation, click here. 

If you have any information regarding the investigation contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 501-340-6963 or anonymously call the Pulaski County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 501-340-8477. 

You may also submit a tip online at http://pcso.org.

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