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Flags will fly at half-staff for slain Ark. deputy

Published On: Mar 21 2014 06:51:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 06:52:18 PM CDT

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson, courtesy of KARK-TV

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -

Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of a state deputy who was killed while driving a hitchhiker to a homeless shelter on Monday.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was taking 30-year-old Michael Lee Ackart to Texarkana when Ackhart grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle, causing the deadly crash. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Ackart, of Tulsa, Okla., has been charged with second-degree murder. 

Beebe says Richardson exemplified the finest traits of Arkansas's law-enforcement community: loyalty, bravery and selfless devotion to duty.