Authorities say Bowden is suspected of fatally shooting Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart of the Yell County Sheriff's Office early Thursday during a traffic stop near Dardanelle, about 65 miles west of Little Rock.
KATV broadcast an interview Thursday that it said was with the suspect's father, James Bowden Sr.in which he says the incident stemmed from an argument his son had with his girlfriend.
Sadler said Bowden released a female hostage before he surrendered about five hours after the standoff began.
Bowden is a suspect in all three deaths, officials said.
Sadler says authorities believe the traffic stop and the disturbance call are connected.
A passing motorist notified police that Mainhart had been shot, the ASP said.
Police then responded to the residence that was the site of the disturbance, where they found the bodies of two women outside, police said. "I want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, and we stand with them", says Simpson. Their possible connection to Bowden was not immediately known. Take a guy who's worked the majority of his career in a very busy place like West Memphis and chooses to go finish it out closer to home in what seems like a smaller, slower pace area, to hear the news like this shocked us all. "My brother actually told me on the phone that he wished things hadn't happened this way".
Lt Mainhart had been an officer in Yell County for five years. "Today, Arkansans collectively grieve for the loss of Lt. Mainhart in the line of duty and recognize his sacrifice, the sacrifice of his family and the danger faced by law enforcement on a daily basis".
"Mainhart came to work every day with great work ethic. He was fair-minded". The officer was pronounced dead at a hospital, Sadler said.
"He checked in today not realizing this was his last call", Sadler said.
On Thursday evening in Dardanelle, about a dozen people gathered along the Arkansas River, joined hands in a circle and prayed in remembrance of the victims.