Police chief says suspect identified in Saturday homicide

Pine Bluff Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said Monday that police have identified a suspect in Saturday night’s triple shooting that left one man dead and two other victims wounded.

Hubanks said officers were working to arrest the suspect, who was not identified.

Keson Coney, 40, was the driver of a vehicle police found on Beech Street just south of West 17th Avenue. He was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by a doctor in the emergency room at 10:45 p.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds, and Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday for an autopsy.

Two other people — Stacey Rucker, 42, who was in the front passenger seat and Marcus Brown, 41, who was in a rear seat — also were shot and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Police said Rucker was in stable condition while Brown’s condition was listed as critical.

According to police, all three victims were apparently shot while they sat in the vehicle, and officers found Coney and Rucker still in the vehicle when they arrived.

The slaying was the first of the year in the city, which last year had 16 murders, the first of those on Jan. 3, and three additional homicides.

Anyone with information about the person or persons involved in the incident should contact the Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Division at 730-2090 or the dispatch center at 541-5300. All calls will be kept confidential.