The suspect in a deadly shooting in Altheimer on Wednesday has turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies.
Keith Darnell Shelton, 30, of Altheimer surrendered to deputies 12 hours after he was named as the suspect in the death of Thrisdon Deshawn Eason, 26, of Altheimer, according to a press release from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr.
Alfred Burton Jr., 26, of Altheimer was also wounded with what Woods described as “non-life-threatening” injuries.
The incident occurred at about 8:22 p.m. Wednesday near Third and Main streets in Altheimer.
Eason was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:34 p.m. by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley. Kelley said Eason sustained multiple apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body. His body was sent Thursday to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock, Kelley said.
On Wednesday night, Burton was taken by ambulance to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he received medical treatment from a single gunshot wound.
“At least one witness on the scene spoke with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and stated that there was an argument between the victims and the suspect that led to the shooting,” Woods said. “However, specifics as to what prompted the deadly argument remain unclear. Investigators have not recovered a weapon; however, they did recover shell casings from the scene.”
Shelton faces felony criminal charges of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Eason and attempted murder for allegedly shooting Burton. Both charges carry prison sentencing penalties of 10 years to life in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
The incident was the 14th homicide in Jefferson County so far this year. Of those, 11 have been inside the Pine Bluff city limits.