Report of shot fired leads to arrest Saturday


A report that someone had fired a shot in central Pine Bluff Saturday led to the arrest of a man who had allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, then fired a shot into the air.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Cedric Johnson, 40, had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend and reportedly pointed a sawed off shotgun at her.

Johnson then chambered a round and fired a shot into the air, which several witnesses reported hearing, Kizer said.

Police said Johnson was “high on alcohol and cocaine” at the time of the incident, and were unable to interview him.

Kizer said Johnson had a “history of violence,” having been to prison four times and is currently on parole.

At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash only bond for Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Johnson, told him to have no contact with the alleged victim, and to come back to court July 24.