Two men were shot and a third arrested Wednesday afternoon after what sheriff’s deputies said started as an attempted drug deal.
Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said the victims — Albert Ellis, 21, and Ryan Bell, 22 — had gone to 10262 Princeton Pike, where both were allegedly shot by Cordero Avery, 26, who was located at the house and taken into custody without incident.
Woods said deputies were dispatched to the call at 2:03 p.m. and while en route, encountered a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Princeton Pike near the Arkansas State Police Headquarters. The vehicle, driven by a female, contained the two shooting victims and was allowed to proceed to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The men’s injuries were said to be “non-life threatening.”
The initial information indicated that Avery lived at the residence and when the two men arrived, Avery told deputies “he thought they were going to do harm to him” so shots were fired.
Woods said that deputies recovered at least one gun that was in the vehicle with the victims and are still trying to determine how the gun got there.
According to a press release later in the day from Woods, the preliminary investigation indicated that Avery had shot at a vehicle occupied by two females, who were leaving Avery’s residence after attempting to buy drugs.
A short time later, a vehicle occupied by the two females returned to Avery’s house, along with a separate vehicle containing Ellis and Bell, who are acquaintances of the females.
The four got out of their vehicles and approached Avery’s front door, where they met Avery and exchanged gunfire.
Avery was arrested on two counts of committing a terroristic act and two counts of first-degree battery.
Avery was being held Wednesday evening at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center without bond.