Security officers working at Walmart in Forrest City, AR called police to report a man acting strangely and threatening people in the store.
The two officers who responded confronted the man, who then pulled out a handgun and shot both officers, authorities said.
The officers returned fire, striking and killing him, St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May said.
According to the Sheriff, the slain suspect has been identified as Bobby Joe Gibbs of Forrest City.
Both of the responding officers work in investigations and were not wearing protective vests when they responded.
Authorities said one of the injured officers had been shot four times. He was taken to Regional One Health in Memphis, where he was last listed in critical condition and is undergoing surgery.
The other officer was taken to a local hospital and was said to be alert and talking during transport.
Arkansas State Police confirm they have been asked to investigate the shooting incident but provided no other information.
The ATF is also responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Walmart released the following statement in regards to the shooting:
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