Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Newport Police Officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford
June 12, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement in response to the line of duty shooting death of Newport Police Officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford.
“Today marks the end of watch for Lt. Patrick Weatherford, the Jackson County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2016,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Lt. Weatherford was known for routinely preventing incidents and altercations from escalating into crisis, and I have no doubt that Lt. Weatherford began his watch today with the same mission to protect and serve the community he loved so much. His young family and his fellow officers of the Newport Police Department are all grieving, and I pray that God will bring them strength and peace in the days ahead. May we all be reminded of the words found in John 15:13, ‘that greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’”