Man arrested after alleged fight, gunshot


A reported fight on the parking lot of McDonald’s on South Olive Street early Friday morning resulted in the arrest of one man after a police officer heard a shot and saw a man run to a car and try to drive away.

Officer Joseph Wade was on patrol when he saw two men fighting on the parking lot, then heard a shot and saw a man later identified as Justin Harmon, 19, run to a car and try to leave before Wade stopped the vehicle, Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said a witness to the incident told police that the witness saw Harmon approach a male victim, pull a gun and demand money.

Rucker said in the affidavit that the alleged victim grabbed the gun and the two men struggled over it before falling to the ground. A shot was fired that hit the gas tank of a parked vehicle.

Pugh said police found a spent shell casing on the parking lot but were not able to locate a gun.

According to the affidavit, Harmon denied having a gun or struggling with the alleged victim, and told police he ran when he heard a shot, tripped and fell, then got up and ran when police saw him.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Harmon after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault.

Harmon also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled. He said he would hire his own attorney.