Officer Killed In Bar Fight

Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas bar fight leads to death of Oklahoma officer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) An Oklahoma police officer who was punched in the nose during a bar fight died after he hit the floor, and an Arkansas man likely faces a first-degree murder charge.

Police say 25-year-old Elzie Cain of Ardmore, Okla., got into a fight with 26-year-old Aaron Threlkeld of Sheridan at about 4 a.m. Sunday at the Electric Cowboy in southwest Little Rock.

Cain hit his head on the floor when he fell from the punch and was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon. Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings says Threlkeld was arrested for first-degree battery but said he expects the charge to be upgraded to first-degree murder.

Cain was in the Little Rock area for sniper training as part of his duty with the Oklahoma National Guard.

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