Pine Bluff man shot to death


A Pine Bluff man was shot to death early Saturday morning after he reportedly exchanged shots with an intruder at a house in the Dollarway area.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Tarance Lamar Franklin, 26, whose body was found at about 1 a.m. lying in the driveway of a house at 89 S. Richard Drive.

Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher pronounced Franklin dead at 1:25 a.m. and said the cause of death was an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

Kelley said the body was sent Saturday to the State Crime Laboratory at Little Rock for an autopsy.

Police Lt. Bob Rawlinson said the initial investigation indicated that Franklin was visiting a female friend when someone kicked the front door of the house.

Armed with a semi-automatic handgun, Franklin chased the intruder into the front yard where gunshots were exchanged, Rawlinson said. Franklin then walked back across the yard where he collapsed near the driveway where he was found by police.

Rawlinson said Franklin’s weapon was recovered at the scene.

No suspects were immediately identified and no arrests had been made.

The shooting death was the third in just over a week in Pine Bluff.

On March 9, police found the body of Roger Bohannon Jr., 21, lying on the floor and unresponsive after they responded to a call about a possible suicide.

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun at the scene.

The death has been classified as suspicious and the body was sent to the crime lab to determine the cause and manner of death.

The following day, a 12-year-old boy, Quinshun Parks, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the upper body.

That shooting was reported at about noon in the 2100 block of East Harding Avenue .

A 14-yer-old boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, turned himself in to police, and Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said his office will be filing a petition in juvenile court alleging some type of homicide against the boy, although the exact nature of the charge has not been determined.

There have been two other homicides reported so far this year in Pine Bluff.

On Jan. 19, the body of Christopher Patillo, 28, was found inside a parked car at 7:26 a.m. in the area of 24th Avenue and Plum Street.

No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made in that case.

On Jan. 11, Tommy Holcomb Sr., 60, was shot in an exchange of gunfire with another man on the parking lot of the Speedway Convenience Store at 3700 S. Camden Road.

After an investigation by police, Hunter ruled on March 1 that no felony charges would be filed against the other man, Edward Blundell, 29, also of Pine Bluff.

Hunter ruled that Blundell was justified in his action under Arkansas law “in that he was reasonable in believing that deadly force was about to be used against him.”

Because the weapon Blundell used was not registered, he was charged with carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor.

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