Suspect in Jan. 1 shooting identified

Pine Bluff police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 1 shooting incident on the east side of the city.

Lt. David Price said in a news release Tuesday that Ronald Maxwell Jr., 25, is wanted on probable cause of first-degree battery and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Maxwell is wanted in connection with the shooting of Donnell Reed, 40, at 2326 Port Road just after 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Maxwell is a black male who is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and his last known address was 1603 W. 11th Ave.

Reed was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance after the shooting. His condition was unavailable Tuesday.

According to a report from Officer Jalyndria Murry, police dispatchers broadcast a description of a suspect vehicle that had left the scene, and she attempted to stop the vehicle at East Pullen and Oregon Street, but the vehicle drove away when she exited her car. Murry said she continued to follow the vehicle until it pulled into a driveway in the 1200 block of East Pullen Street and the driver of the car, later identified as Brelandrick Bass, 23, of Gould, was detained.

Sgt. Brett Talley arrived at the scene and conducted an inventory of the vehicle, which according to a bill of sale, belonged to Maxwell and a female.

Talley said in his report that he located a black plastic sack containing a clear plastic bag with 8.75 ounces of suspected marijuana in the center console of the vehicle. Two sets of digital scales were also found, Talley said, and the suspected marijuana and digital scales were turned over to vice and narcotics officers.

Price said Bass is not a suspect in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Maxwell should contact the police Detective Division at 730-2090 or the dispatch center at 541-5300. All calls will be kept confidential.