One killed during standoff at Walmart

Friday, April 27, 2018

A man was killed Sunday after attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute outside the Trumann Walmart.

According to the Trumann Police Department, they received a call about a situation involving a man with a gun at Walmart Sunday night around 9:15 p.m. Officers responded to find Gabriel Urrabazo, 22, holding a gun to the head of Faith Morgan, 21, both of Trumann. As officers began to negotiate with the suspect, Robert Highfill, 35, of Trumann, attempted to intervene but was shot and killed by Urrabazo, who then placed the gun against Morgan's head once more.

According to a press release, officers continued to plea with Urrabazo and called for assistance while attempting to clear bystanders away and secure the scene. Urrabazo eventually let Morgan go and began to walk away. Officers continued to urge him to drop the gun, and the negotiation continued for approximately an hour and a half.

While this was going on, Walmart was cleared out, and other departments responded to assist. Urrabazo eventually surrendered and was taken into police custody.

Departments that came in to help included Arkansas State Police, Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, Bay Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Jonesboro Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish, the FBI, and Brookland Police Department.

Urrabazo was charged with first degree murder, and a bond of $500,000 cash only was set. Urrabazo will appear in court on May 29.

Sheriff Kevin Molder later released a statement saying Urrabazo was transferred to the Craighead County Detention Center. "We have jail personnel who are related to the victim. Out of respect to them and for a smooth and efficient jail operation, I deemed it necessary to transfer him to another facility," Sheriff Molder said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or video can contact the Trumann Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 870-483-6423 or by email at cid@trumannpd.org.

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