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Wife of 2020 Hot Springs fallen officer sends love to family of 2022 Stuttgart fallen officer



Hot Springs, Arkansas – The death of a law enforcement officer shocks not only the community they protect but also their law enforcement family.

Sergeant Donald Scoby of the Stuttgart Police Department was fatally shot while performing his duty on December 15.

Around 11:00 p.m., Scoby made an effort to halt the subject’s car, but he sped away. A car chase then started.

Around Reiger Road and S Yoder Road, the man, later identified as 31-year-old Jacob Barnes, abandoned his car and ran on foot. Scoby pursued him.

Scoby was shot and died while being pursued.

Officer Brent Scrimshire of the Hot Springs Police Department was shot and died in March 2020.

The wife of Scrimshire, Rachel said her last words to her husband were “I love you; I hope you sleep good, and I’ll see you in the morning.”

While executing a traffic stop in the 100 block of Kenwood Street, Scrimshire was shot and died.

The suspect, Kayvon Ward, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a weapon that had been altered, obstructing official business, and fleeing.

According to the investigators, Ward fought with the two officers after starting to struggle. When Coraima Hernandez, 23, got involved, Ward was able to escape and flee.

Hernandez pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault, two charges of battery, and one charge of obstructing an arrest. For these offenses, she received a 34-year prison term.

The wife of Scrimshire claimed that learning about Scoby brought back memories of the knocks on the door she had heard prior to learning that her husband had been killed.

The experience is “earth-shattering,” according to Rachel, who also thinks Scoby’s wife is experiencing the same thing.

“I definitely can sympathize with her to know the pain, the shock, the disbelief that your husband was just doing his job,” Scrimshire said.

One of the toughest times for Scrimshire was finding an answer to when her two kids would ask, “Mom, when is Daddy coming back from Heaven?”

Rachel said she wants his wife and family, and others who experience this heartbreak to know, “There is a community of survivors to help in any way that they can.”

Knowing that her husband died a hero, according to Scrimshire, is one thing that brings her comfort even if it still hurts.