Texarkana police officials react to shooting death of SPD officer

Texarkana officials react to SPD officer's death

TEXARKANA, USA (KSLA) - The shooting death of Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne is not only being felt by Shreveport police but law enforcement officers through out the ArkLaTex.

Kristie Bennett is a 14 year veteran officer with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. She says she was home when news broke about the shooting.

"To see the Chief of Shreveport last night saying she has been shot in the head you almost instantly knew it was going to be a bad outcome," Bennett said.

"Like, I'm lying in bed with my children at 10 o'clock at night and she's not going to get to do that anymore."

An early morning social media post by the TAPD asks for prayers for Shreveport Police and officer Payne’s family.

"We do all support each other and we mourn the same," Bennett said. "When we have loss of an officer she is just down the street which she is essentially is or all the way across the country."

Across the state line in Texarkana, Texas officers there says law enforcement is a big family and they to are feeling the effects of Chateri Payne’s death.

"Certainly, if it's this close, you certainly feel the loss yourself," said Shawn Vaughan, the Spokesman for Texarkana Texas Police Department. Vaughan has served in law enforcemnt for 31 years.

“You don’t have to know the officer individually, you know what they stand for and the oath to protect their community,” Vaughan said.

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