A Pine Bluff man was shot to death early Friday morning and a second man was arrested a short time later.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Taurus Goins, 36, whose body was found inside a parked vehicle at the intersection of Saracen Street and North Willow Street at about 1:36 a.m. Goins was pronounced dead at 3:09 a.m. Kelley said the cause of death was an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
The body has been sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock for an autopsy.
Pine Bluff Police Department spokesman Lt. David Price said the suspect, Jason Miller, 30, was taken into custody in the vicinity of Graceland Cemetery. He is being held at the adult detention center on probable cause of first-degree murder.
According to the initial police report from Officer Donald Griffin, officers were sent to the 2400 block of Saracen Street in response to a report of gunshots in the area.
When they arrived, they found a red Chevrolet Cavalier with a man later identified as Goins leaning toward the right passenger bleeding from his face and unresponsive.
A second call from police dispatchers reported that the driver of the car was in a nearby cemetery waiting on police to contact him. While searching the cemetery, police located a man later identified as Miller about 100 yards from the crime scene waving a cell phone.
According to the report, Miller told police he “was just driving and had picked up a friend when a white Impala started firing at his vehicle.”
Police reported that while they were at the scene, they heard a noise from the woods and a man later identified as Shamar Womack “stumbled out of the woods.”
Griffin said in the report what when Womack, 34, was handcuffed, he was carrying numerous pills, a bottle filled with a “strong intoxicant” and $132 cash.
Womack was taken to the adult detention center. According to the intake log there, he is being held on probable cause of possession of a controlled substance.
Price said no motive for the shooting has been determined and the investigation is continuing.
This was the second homicide of the year in Pine Bluff.
On Jan. 18, Keson Coney 40, was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle in the 1800 block of South Beech Street. Two other people, Stacey Rucker, 42, and Marcus Brown, 40, were wounded and have since recovered.
On Jan. 29, police announced the arrest of Percy Jackson, 21, in connection with that homicide and with the Jan. 26, 2013, shooting death of Sidney Farver Jr., 21, who was shot in the area of 18th Avenue and Elm Street and drove to Church’s Chicken at West 16th Avenue and Cherry Street to call for help.