The police investigations into two recent shooting deaths are continuing, according to Capt. Greg Shapiro.

The police investigations into two recent shooting deaths are continuing, according to Capt. Greg Shapiro.

Earlier this week, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said he had not received the case file on the death of Tommy Holcomb Sr., 60, who died Jan. 11 following a shooting in which another man, Edward Earl Blundell, 29, was also shot.

Holcomb died at Jefferson Regional Medical Center after a shooting on the parking lot of the Speedway at 3700 S. Camden Road at about 5:45 p.m. Blundell was wounded, and he was treated and released from JRMC.

Shapiro said the investigation should be completed soon.

“We’re trying to be really thorough and get any questions answered now so they (prosecutors) can make accurate charging decisions,” Shapiro said.

According to a police report, Blundell was driven to the hospital by his wife, who told officers her husband and Holcomb got into an argument over them almost hitting each other with their vehicles.

“She advised me that both of them pulled their guns out and started shooting,” the report said.

Holcomb was the younger brother of Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb and the Constable of Niven Township.

Meanwhile, Shapiro said investigators have not identified a suspect in the Thursday shooting death of Christopher Patillo, 28, whose body was found inside a car at 24th Avenue and Plum Street at 7:26 a.m.

“We’ve received some phone calls and a couple of text tips with people saying ‘I heard so and so did it’ and we’re checking them out but you can’t arrest somebody just because somebody says ‘I heard they did it,’” Shapiro said.

Anyone with information on the death of Patillo should call the Detective Division at 730-2090 or 9-1-1. Information can also be submitted through the website at or through the department’s Facebook page. To text a tip, text PBPD plus the message to 274637.

All information received will be kept confidential and a reward is available for information leading to an arrest.

The deaths of Holcomb and Patillo were the first and second homicides of the year in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County. Last year, the first homicide of the year was reported on Jan. 22 when Timothy Reed, 20, was killed by shots fired from then Police Sgt. Kelvin Hadley, who was wounded in the incident. Prosecutors ruled that case justifiable homicide.