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Two AR Cops Shot, Suspect in Custody:  Two Arkansas police officers were shot and wounded on Wednesday by a suspect who was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff.  Fox News reports that Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper is in an intensive care unit in extremely critical condition and Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells was treated and released from the hospital after being grazed in the head by a bullet.  Cooper and Spells were shot by accused gunman Billy Jones when they were at Jones' house after responding to a call from his father asking officers to check on him.  Jones has an extensive criminal history, including a 2007 conviction for manufacture and possession of a controlled substance and a 2011 conviction for theft of property, as well as a February 2016 charge of possession of firearms and possession of a controlled substance.  "It's a shame the price that law enforcement officers are paying right now," said U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, who represents Sebastian County.  Update:  Deputy Bill Cooper died from his injuries.  He was a 15-year veteran and a former Marine.

Grim Sleeper Sentenced to Death:  The serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who terrorized the streets of South Los Angeles for over two decades, was sentenced to death on Wednesday.  Marisa Gerber and James Queally of the LA Times reports that Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, was convicted in May of 10 counts of murder for killing nine women and a teenage girl, as well as the attempted murder of another woman.  The women, most of whom were shot to death, were drug addicts and prostitutes killed between 1985 and 2007 and dumped along roadsides or in the trash.  The slayings were linked to a single killer through ballistic and genetic evidence found at the crime scenes, and eventually matched to Franklin in 2010.  Franklin was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because of a gap in the killings between 1988 and 2001, suggesting he had gone dormant.  However, it is now believed that he continued to kill during that period.  Prosecutors connected him to five other murder during the penalty phase of his trial, but detectives think that he is responsible for up to 25 murders.

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