Police arrest man in Saturday shooting

A Pine Bluff was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot another man Saturday evening in the Central Park area.

Frederick Taylor, 18, allegedly told police he fired in self-defense after the victim, Dequan Christmas, 20, reached for a gun under the seat of his vehicle, Detective Cassandra Briggs-McAfee said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, Taylor and Christmas had a verbal confrontation about a previous fight.

Christmas told police he was driving by the Central Park area at about 6:40 p.m. when he saw a person he knew as “Fred” and he stopped to talk to him. After he rolled down his window, Christmas said “Fred” started shooting at his vehicle and a bullet hit him in the upper leg. He said he drove himself to the hospital, where police were called.

McAfee said in the affidavit she received an anonymous phone call Monday identifying Taylor as the suspect and after putting together a photo lineup with six pictures, including Taylor, the photos were shown to Christmas, who positively identified Taylor as the person who shot him. Christmas was treated and released from the hospital.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Taylor after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery.

At the request of Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh, Kearney also ordered Taylor to have no contact with Christmas until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Taylor.