Three people were shot and killed and now two investigations are underway in a rural community in White County.

White County Sheriff's Office said around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting near the area of Sunset View and Starlight Lane.

The White County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Phillip Miller said deputies found a woman deceased from what appeared to be a gunshot wound and a man shot who later died on the way to the hospital.

Chief Deputy Miller said although both people were found near a home it was unclear how the two people may be connected to the home.

The victims have been identified as 45-year-old Starla Exum of Romance and 54-year-old Timmy Dickson of Searcy. Around 3:15 Monday afternoon, Miller said deputies made contact with the suspect a few hundred yards from the original scene. The suspect, 42-year-old Archie Lawhon III of Cabot,  would not drop a handgun he pulled out of his pocket despite multiple requests from deputies to do so. He then pointed it at the deputies and they fired on him.

WCSO said the suspect died at the scene.

According to Fox16, reporter Price McKeon said they met with Brenda Lewis as she drove home from what was supposed to be a quiet New Year's day meal with her family in White County.

She described hearing gunshots Monday afternoon, "It's just like pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. We were on the floor because we didn't know where they were coming from."

She described the sounds, "Sounded like an AK-47 and then we all got on the floor and then we all ended up crawling and walking into the hallway until it was all over."

Lewis said, "We kept seeing police cars going everywhere and we heard a helicopter."

Lewis also said, "You never think about, especially being in the country, that you would have to hit the floor because of gunshots."

Arkansas State Police blocked off Starlight Lane at Blackjack Mountain Road late Monday afternoon.

Authorities had urged residents to remain inside and report suspicious activity the afternoon as they searched for the suspect.

The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the double murder while Arkansas State Police investigate the deadly officer-involved shooting.