Kenneth Hissom, 43, was arrested for the shooting Thursday night almost two hours after officers arrived at his home in Madison County. His wife, Carla Hissom, 34, was pronounced dead shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Hissom called 911 after the shooting and told dispatchers he would kill any police officer who came to his home, deputies said. Huntsville police arrived at his home at 6:47 p.m. and Hissom refused to come out without his gun. The standoff lasted until 8:22 p.m. when police coaxed him out of the mobile home without incident, deputies said.
Deputies said they believe alcohol played a role in the fatal shooting.
Hissom later told police his wife had been nagging him all day, Washington County Prosecutor John Threet said.
"Between now and the arraignment date, we'll look at the reports and decide what to formally charge (Hissom) with," Threet told the Morning News newspaper of Springdale.
Arkansas State Police are taking part in the investigation and searched Hissom's home early Friday morning. Deputies said they found several other guns inside. Threet said he might file other charges against Hissom over the standoff.
Hissom remains in the Madison County Jail awaiting a bond hearing, which likely will be Monday, said Pam Montoya with the sheriff's office.
Carla Hissom's body will be sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy, Threet said.
The last slaying in Huntsville happened May 19 when Huntsville police found James O'Boyle, 40, dead at an apartment on Church Avenue. Police arrested Raymond Freeman, 26, and Billy Joe Dennis, 36, who are awaiting trial, Montoya said.
Information from: The Morning News, http://www.nwaonline.net/
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