Police say witnesses identified Alexis Reed as the person who gunned down 18-year-old Jerry Pryor on a hot August afternoon in 2017 at the Merrill Community Center, which was full of children at the time. No other injuries were reported.
Police in Kentucky on Tuesday arrested a Pine Bluff woman in connection with the 2017 shooting death of a man on the parking lot of the Merrill Center.
According to a press release from the Pine Bluff Police Department, Alexis Reed was taken into custody in Louisville, Kentucky, and is being held in jail there pending extradition back to Arkansas. She had been on the run since August 2017. Police didn’t offer any details about Reed’s apprehension.
Reed was arrested on a warrant charging her with first-degree murder in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Jerry Pryor, 18, who was shot in the upper body and pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter filed formal charges against Reed a week after the incident, and her name and other information was entered into the Arkansas Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center databases.
Multiple witnesses identified Reed, who was 18 at the time, as the person who shot Pryor after a reported argument. The nature of that argument and the relationship between Reed and Pryor was not known at the time of the incident. Police at the time said that there were several children inside the center when the shooting happened, but it did not occur in front of them and no one else was injured.
The center was locked down after the incident, and the children were taken away after the scene was secured. The next day, Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and several pastors organized a prayer rally and luncheon for kids at the center.
Center officials said that Reed and Pryor were regulars there and that there had been no known previous issues between them.
“In light of this tragic incident that took place … we are going to continue to stand strong for this community, support the Merrill Center, because we know what a vital facility this is in this particular neighborhood,” Washington said at the prayer event.
“It serves many children and without it these kids would not have any place to go. We could not control what happened but we took control as soon as it happened. We have an embracing staff of people working here who are a home away from home for kids in this community.”
Officer Richard Wegner said in a news release that “the police department would like to thank everyone who contacted us with information regarding Reed during this investigation.”
The shooting death of Pryor was one of 28 murders reported in Pine Bluff in 2017.