A Pine Bluff man accused of shooting four people Friday night, killing one of them, will be held at the adult detention center without bond pending the filing of formal charges which will include capital murder.

A Pine Bluff man accused of shooting four people Friday night, killing one of them, will be held at the adult detention center without bond pending the filing of formal charges which will include capital murder.

Courtney Lewis, 26, could also be charged with two counts of attempted capital murder after struggling with a police officer and sheriff’s deputy and holding their heads under about four feet of water in a ravine near the Emergency Ambulance Services Inc. building on North University Drive, three counts of first-degree battery for the three people who survived the shooting, and multiple other offenses.

Kenneth Davis, 46, was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at 8:10 p.m. Friday.

Lt. Bob Rawlinson said police have not confirmed it yet, but believe Lewis was on drugs, probably what’s called “wet,” a combination of cocaine and PCP that users commonly smoke.

Lewis appeared in Pine Bluff District Court Monday morning for his first appearance since being arrested and sat quietly at a table while Detective Brad Vilches explained the facts of the case to Judge John Kearney and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau.

More than a dozen sheriff’s deputies ringed the courtroom, with several standing on either side of Lewis during the proceeding, and four more at the door to prohibit anyone from coming or going until the hearing was concluded.

The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, when Lewis, driving a stolen car and accompanied by Jeffrey Smith, 28, was traveling down the expressway when he saw a person they both knew driving another vehicle. Lewis allegedly told Smith he was “going to hit a lick” (or rob the other person), later identified as Kentrell Hunt, 21.

Vilches said that Lewis got out of the vehicle and when he did, Smith tried to drive away in it but Lewis returned and allegedly shot Smith in the arm, then got back into the vehicle and wrecked it a short distance away.

Before shooting Smith, Lewis allegedly fired a shot at Hunt’s vehicle but missed. After allegedly shooting Smith, he drove to the E-Z Mart at University Drive and Pullen Street where he got out of the vehicle while it was running and the vehicle rolled into the building.

Lewis then allegedly tried to carjack a vehicle containing two women, Latonya Curry, 31, and Rhonda Robinson, 20, and four children, ages 13-9-6-4, then fired shots at the car, hitting both women, one in the leg and the other in the arm.

Police said Lewis then confronted Davis, who had paid for his gas and was at the side of his vehicle when Lewis allegedly fired a shot, striking Davis in the head before getting in Davis’ vehicle and driving north on University Drive where he hit a light pole.

Vilches said Officer James Huff, the first officer on the scene, saw the vehicle and turned on his blue lights when Lewis allegedly pointed the gun at Huff, but did not fire any shots. When Detective James Dixon saw Lewis pointing the gun at Huff, he began firing shots at Lewis, who fled into the ravine on the north side of the ambulance service.

Rawlinson said police think Lewis did not fire at Huff because he was “out of bullets.”

Officer Jeremy Oswalt went down into the ditch to try and arrest Lewis, followed by Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Andy Hoots, and Lewis reportedly had a “black object’ in his hand when the officers first saw him, but then nothing.

Oswalt and Hoots went into the water after Lewis refused several commands, and Hoots deployed his Tazer at Lewis with the prongs striking Lewis in the back, and Lewis went under water, Vilches said.

When Oswalt and Hoots tried to pick up Lewis, he allegedly grabbed Oswalt and pulled him under water, then pulled Hoots under while Oswalt was hitting Lewis in the head and trying to subdue him. Several other officers arrived and they were finally able to subdue Lewis and get him into handcuffs and leg restraints.

Because he had been hit with the Tazer, Lewis was taken to the hospital and while there, escaped from custody for 30 to 45 minutes, prompting an all out search. Lewis was found hiding in a storage closet inside the hospital and then taken to the adult jail.

Vilches said the gun believed to have been used in all of the shootings had also been reported stolen. That gun was recovered from the ditch Friday night.

From interviews with victims and witnesses, Lewis was positively identified as the person involved in each incident, Vilches said.

Other charges likely to be filed against Lewis are two counts of aggravated robbery, seven counts of terroristic act, two counts of felony criminal mischief, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of third-degree escape.

Lewis told the judge he would hire his own attorney and was instructed to come back to court Feb. 13 at 9 a.m.