Perry County Detention Officer Jeremiah Story, 21, of Oppelo (Conway County) died at a Conway hospital early today after he was shot by an inmate who was in the process of being booked into jail.  The incident occurred inside the county jail at Perryville about 10:20 PM, Wednesday (June 22nd).
Story was shot with a pistol as he stood in a bathroom where the inmate was changing out of civilian clothes into jail issued attire.
Roderick Lewis, 37, of North Little Rock had been arrested by Perry County sheriff’s deputies earlier in the evening and was to be detained on drug and paraphernalia charges.  A witness to the shooting was able to disarm Lewis who was later transferred to the Faulkner County Detention Center at Conway while state police special agents continue their investigation.
The investigative case file being prepared by the criminal investigation division agents will be turned-over to the Perry County prosecuting attorney who will consider the appropriate charges to be filed against Lewis.


PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A county jail guard in central Arkansas was shot and killed by a man being booked into the jail, state police said Thursday.

No names and few details about the Wednesday night shooting at the Perry County jail in Perryville, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, were immediately released.

A statement from Arkansas State Police said the suspect is a 37-year-old man who had been arrested by Perry County deputies and was being booked into the jail at the time of the shooting.

State police were asked by the sheriff’s office to investigate the shooting and more information would be released later Thursday, the statement said.