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May 15, 2015

  An eleven year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was shot and killed early today as he and other sheriff’s deputies were searching for a burglary suspect  fifteen miles east of Clarksville.  At approximately 1AM this morning (Friday, May 15, 2015) the sheriff’s department received a telephone report of a suspected burglar in the area of County Road 1723.  As deputies searched the area at approximately 2:30   AM, Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith 42, of Clarksville confronted an individual identified as Fred Kauffeld who allegedly shot Smith. Deputy Smith returned gunfire and Kauffeld was taken into custody.  Kauffeld sustained minor injuries.Smith was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Kauffeld is being detained at the Pope County Detention Center while an investigation is continuing.  The investigation is being handled by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation.