No arrests yet in Haney homicide; reward offered

Pine Bluff police are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a man Tuesday morning, but so far, no arrests have been made, no weapon has been recovered and no motive for the incident has been announced.

George Edward Haney, 47, was shot in his vehicle at the intersection of West 11th Avenue and Spruce Street just before 9:30 a.m., and the vehicle continued through the intersection of Hazel Street, then hit a parked vehicle in the driveway at 1018 S. Hazel St., then came to rest in the backyard of a house at 1020 S. Hazel St.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley pronounced Haney dead at the scene at 10:04 a.m. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Police Sgt. David DeFoor said Wednesday that a reward is available for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for the slaying.

On Tuesday, DeFoor said police were looking for a tall, slim black male with a goatee who was wearing a military style jacket.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wednesday morning, Vanessa Thornton said she called Haney “Daddy,” even though he wasn’t her father.

“We found out through a test he wasn’t my real family but he was still my daddy and he was nice to me and my children,” she said. “He loved me even when he didn’t have to.”

Thornton said Haney resold used furniture and operated a business in Moscow.

“When people needed something and didn’t have the money, he would give it to them on credit,” she said. “He also frequented the different flea markets but he had his own store as well. He was a nice person. Just all the way nice.”

The death of Haney was the 11th homicide of the year and the ninth murder. Last year at this time, there were 15 homicides, 14 of them murders.