Pine Bluff police are continuing their investigation into two homicides in separate incidents over the weekend, as well as a third shooting that occurred in the vicinity of where the first homicide was reported.
David Ibemesi, 30, was found inside a vehicle that had hit a house at 2719 S. Cherry St. at 1:11 a.m. Saturday and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he later died. Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.
On Sunday at approximately 9:30 p.m., the body of Jordan Deshawn Turner, 29, was found lying in the street near the intersection of West Fifth Avenue and Myrtle Street; he was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. at the scene by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Kelley said both bodies have been sent to the State Crime Laboratory for autopsies.
The slayings were the fifth and sixth in Pine Bluff so far this year. Last year, there were 10 homicides in the city.
According to a report from Pine Bluff Police Officer Matt Wright, he was sent to the area of West 28th Avenue and Cherry Street, where he found a vehicle that had struck the southwest corner of the house. A man on the scene said he had stopped by to check on the house after the death of a relative, then called 911 to report the incident. He told police he thought the driver had been shot.
Wright reported that he found Ibemesi slumped over the driver's seat.
“Mr. Ibemesi was covered in blood, had multiple gunshot wounds, was unresponsive and having problems breathing,” Wright said in the report.
A neighbor who was standing in his yard told police he was in his garage when he heard approximately 15 gunshots come from the area of West 25th and West 26th avenues. As he was walking inside his house to call 911, he saw the car strike the house.
In the case of Turner Sunday, Pine Bluff Police Officer Tamika Oswalt reported that she found his body lying across the road with blood coming from his head and pelvic area. Ambulance personnel who arrived confirmed that there was no pulse.
Two shell casings of an unknown caliber were found approximately 15 feet north of the body.
No further details were available in that incident.
In the third incident, police found Davonte Chapman, 22, inside a vehicle that had wrecked in the area of West 23rd Avenue and Oak Street, facing north on the south side of the street.
Pine Bluff Police Officer Jason Boykin reported that Chapman was lying face down in the street, hanging out the passenger side of the vehicle, bleeding from the top of his head. There was also a large amount of blood inside the vehicle.
Chapman was taken to JRMC and later sent to a Little Rock hospital for treatment. Pine Bluff Police Office Roy Gober said Monday that Chapman was listed in critical condition.
Boykin reported that Chapman told him that there were three other people inside the vehicle at the time of the incident, but they were not injured and had left the scene before police arrived. The three later came back to the scene, where they gave statements to detectives.
While police were searching the area, they located the original scene of the shooting, which apparently began at West 26th Avenue and Oak Street and continued to around West 22nd Avenue and Oak Street.
A total of 17 shell casings were found four on Oak Street just south of West 26th Avenue — two in the middle of the intersection at West 26th Avenue and Oak Street, and 11 on Oak Street between 25th and 26th Avenues.
Boykin also reported that the grill, different front end pieces and broken glass from the vehicle were found at 2319 S. Oak St. A fence was also damaged from where the vehicle went through it.
No arrests have been made in any of the incidents, and anyone with information should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090 or the Dispatch Center at 541-5300. All calls will be kept confidential.
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