Suspect in shooting also linked to police chase

An investigation into a reported shooting in September led to the arrest of a man the victim knew only as “Lefty” after the man was identified from a photo lineup created by police.

Dmariee Davis, 20, allegedly shot Corey Key, 26, after an altercation in Central Park on Sept. 27, Detective Jacqueline Stevenson said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Key told police his brother had been involved in a physical altercation and when he tried to intervene, Davis allegedly told someone to “get his gun,” and Davis allegedly fired multiple shots, with one of them striking Key in the leg.

Davis also was linked to a second incident after he allegedly fled from an Arkansas State Trooper when the trooper tried to stop him on Oct. 19, Kizer said.

Trooper Zack Varnell said in a probable-cause affidavit he was northbound on Blake Street when he saw a car that was southbound driving with just its parking lights on, and Varnell said he turned around and attempted to stop the car.

Kizer said the car sped off and led Varnell and later Pine Bluff police officers on a chase on the west side of the city, with Davis running a number of stop signs and stoplights and endangering other drivers.

The chase ended in the 3800 block of West 17th Avenue when Davis abandoned his car and tried to flee on foot but was caught by Varnell and a Pine Bluff police officer.

As a result of the chase, Varnell wrecked the car he was driving, resulting in an estimated $10,000 in damages.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for Davis on the shooting allegation, ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery. Davis also was ordered to have no contact with Key until the case is settled.

Bridgforth set an additional $25,000 bond on probable cause of felony fleeing, and Davis also was cited with a number of misdemeanor traffic and possession of a controlled substance allegations.