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Patrol Officer Daniel Philip Longstreet | Higginson Police Department, Arkansas Higginson Police Department, Arkansas

Patrol Officer

Daniel Philip Longstreet

Higginson Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, March 14, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life without parole

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Officer Longstreet was found shot to death in his cruiser in the early morning hours of March 14, 1997. Officer Longstreet was sitting in his cruiser in a vacant lot when the suspect shot him through the passenger side window. Residents who heard the shots went to the cruiser to notify him they heard gunshots and discovered that he had been shot.
A 17-year-old youth was arrested and charged with capital murder in Officer Longstreet's death. He murdered Officer Longstreet in order to silence his testimony in an insurance fraud case. The suspect's 18-year-old sister and her 17-year-old husband were charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution of a felony suspect. On September 8, 1997, the suspect unexpectedly changed his plea from not guilty to guilty during a preliminary arraignment and was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Officer Longstreet is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was one of the 300-person town's two full-time officers. Higginson City is located about four miles southeast of Searcy.

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For all who reads these reflections, even tho tomorrow March 14th 2016 will make 19 years my father was took suddenly he has never been forgotten.... My father had 11 years on rather as my angel and now makes 19 years he has got to share with the lord watching over myself from above... I hold you close to my heart dad. Love always Thea

Thea Rushing
Middle Daughter
March 13, 2016


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