One killed, one wounded in Monday night shooting; suspect arrested in Memphis

One man was killed and a second wounded in a shooting incident at 107 Wildwood Cove off U.S. 270 Monday night, and a suspect in the incident was arrested Tuesday morning.

Police Lt. David Price said Brian Almond, 41, of Rison was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley at 12:29 a.m. A second man, Clayton Hodges, 43, of Pine Bluff was wounded and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was immediately taken into surgery. His condition was not known Tuesday.

Price said the suspect was identified as Michael Kelley, aka Little Buddy, (no relation to the coroner) and later Tuesday morning confirmed that Memphis Police had taken Michael Kelley into custody.

The slaying was the third in Jefferson County in less than a week. The bodies of Anthony Branch, 62, and Deborah Moncrief, 58, were found Friday morning inside a house on Cowboy Drive and sheriff’s investigators said they were killed Wednesday. William Cody Childress, 21, has been arrested in their deaths and is being held pending the anticipated filing of formal charges on two counts of capital murder.

According to the initial police report on Monday’s slaying, when officers arrived on the scene, they found Hodges lying on the ground in the front yard of the duplex and Hodges told them a man named Michael Kelley, nicknamed Little Buddy shot him. Hodges also said Michael “Kelley tried to rob him.”

The initial report said Hodges received what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the forearm and also to the chest, and Hodges told them, “I think my buddy is shot too.”

Almond was found lying on the floor of the living room, and when police went inside, they found a small black handgun on the floor.

According to a Feb. 28 article in The Commercial’s online edition, Michael Kelley was one of several people arrested in a drug sting operation at a motel on Rhinehart Road. The drug involved was methamphetamine.

Chad Kelley said Tuesday morning that Almond’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

An investigation into the shooting is continuing.

The death was the 11th of the year in Jefferson County. Nine of those have been inside the Pine Bluff city limits