Report of shots fired leads to man’s arrest

A reported armed disturbance Thursday night in west central Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of one man who was in a vehicle from which shots allegedly were fired.

Darius Johnson, 23, was taken into custody after a witness to the incident gave police a description of the vehicle involved, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Johnson on Friday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jacqueline Stevenson of the Pine Bluff Police Department, the driver of the vehicle fled when police stopped it and officers found shell casings in the vehicle where Johnson and another man, Henry McAllister, 20, were sitting.

Kizer said the alleged victim told police the incident started when he was at a convenience store and had a verbal exhange with the occupants of a vehicle that had pulled into the parking lot. The vehicle then left the store.

A short time later, the alleged victim said, he saw two men walking in the area of West 17th Avenue when the same vehicle drove by. The two men allegedly started shooting at the vehicle, and occupants of the vehicle returned fire.

Stevenson said in the affidavit that the alleged victim started to run and occupants of the vehicle fired shots at him.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Johnson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with committing a terroristic act.

The judge also ordered Johnson to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

McAllister was arrested on non-related charges.

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