A botched robbery attempt early Tuesday morning is being blamed for the shooting death of a 22-year-old Pine Bluff woman.
Tashara L. Banister allegedly robbed Ryan Bishop at gunpoint, then forced him to drive to the automatic teller machine at Simmons First National Bank in the Oak Park Village where there was a struggle over the gun, and Banister was shot.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook pronounced Banister dead at 2:07 a.m. and listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Kelley released Banister’s body to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Banister’s slaying was the 13th of the year in Jefferson County and the 12th inside the Pine Bluff city limits. It was also the third homicide recorded in June.
Police said the incident began when officers were sent to the 2600 block of West 28th Avenue at 1:39 a.m. to investigate a reported robbery.
Capt. Greg Shapiro reported the officers were met by Bishop, 20, who said Banister had jumped in his truck, held him at gunpoint, and taken his wallet. She then allegedly forced Bishop to drive to the bank and ordered him to withdraw money when they fought over the gun and Banister was shot.
No arrests had been made Tuesday afternoon and an investigation is continuing into the incident.
On June 9, James S. Johnson, 65, of Pine Bluff was pronounced dead at the scene after police were sent to 4013 Robin Hood Lane at about 11 p.m.
Crystal Joy Scott-Paxson, 40, was arrested at the house and is being held at the county detention center on probable cause of first-degree murder with a bond of $250,000 set.
No motive was indicated for the shooting in a probable cause affidavit prepared by police.
On Monday, Lester Phillips, 30, was arrested in Hot Springs after he was formally charged with capital murder in the death of Leroy Collins, 35, on June 12.
Collins was found on the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Maple Street and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Phillips is being held at the detention center without bond.