One person was killed and three people were injured Friday night after multiple shootings, two failed carjackings and a brief escape by the suspect.
Kenneth Davis, 46, was pronounced dead at 8:12 p.m. in the emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, said Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley.
Courtney Lewis, in his late 20s or early 30s, ended the evening in police custody, said Lt. Bob Rawlinson, Pine Bluff Police Department spokesman.
The identities of the injured were not available and the incident was still under investigation at press time.
Rawlinson said the preliminary investigation indicated that Lewis was in the area between Martha Mitchell Expressway, West Pullen Avenue and University Drive when he attempted to rob a man who was in the car with him. The robbery was unsuccessful, and Lewis allegedly shot the victim.
Lewis then attempted to leave the scene in the vehicle, but crashed it, Rawlinson said.
The suspect then attempted to carjack a vehicle with two women and four children inside, Rawlinson said. When the carjacking was unsuccessful, Lewis allegedly shot at the vehicle, striking one of the women in the left hand and the other woman in the right leg. None of the children — ages 4, 6, 9 and 13 — were injured.
Lewis then allegedly carjacked and shot Davis, who died of his injuries, Rawlinson said. Lewis wrecked that vehicle as well and fled on foot.
A police officer and sheriff’s deputies chased Lewis into a large ravine behind the EASI ambulance service building at Martha Mitchell and University Drive. A struggle followed, Rawlinson said, in which Lewis attempted to put one of the officers’ head under water. They attempted to use a Tazer stun gun on Lewis, but he was able to get away from the device’s shooting barbs.
Other officers arrived to provide backup, and Lewis was taken into custody. A weapon was found discarded in the ravine.
Lewis was taken to JRMC for treatment, where he briefly escaped from the officers guarding him. A citywide search followed, in which tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Correction were called, but Rawlinson said that Lewis was located on the hospital grounds and taken into custody without further incident or further injuries to other people.
Lewis was later transported to the adult detention center for booking.
Rawlinson said Lewis could face a large array of charges, mostly likely including a minimum of one count of capital murder, seven counts of committing a terroristic act and three counts of first-degree battery.
Davis’ body will be sent to the state Crime Laboratory Saturday, Kelley said.