An 18-year-old Pine Bluff man was killed Sunday night and a second person was injured in a shooting incident on the west side of the city. Chauncy Long, 18, was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center after arriving there just after 9:58 p.m., according to a press release from Pine Bluff Police Lt. David De Foor.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock Tuesday for an autopsy. De Foor said witnesses and the second victim told police the shooting occurred outside an apartment complex at 5824 W. Short Third Ave. The second victim received what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
This was the 21st homicide in Pine Bluff so far this year. Last year, 10 homicides were reported. The investigation is still in the early stages, and there is presently no suspect information, De Foor said in the news release.
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This was the first homicide since Sept. 10, when Roderick Burnett was pronounced dead at the hospital of a gunshot wound to the upper body. Burnett and another man were both shot after an altercation on the parking lot of the car wash at 2401 S. Olive St. They fled on foot to the Sonic Drive-In next door, where they were found by police.
The second victim, who was not identified, received what were said to be non-life threatening injuries. Police identified Kevin Rauls, 27, who had addresses in White Hall and Conway, as the suspect. Rauls is still at large.
Also still at large is Alexis Reed, 18,, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Jerry Pryor, 18, on the parking lot of the Merrill Community Center. Bond for Reed was set at $500,000. Anyone with information on either Rauls or Reed should also contact the Detective Division.
Not included in the yearly total was the shooting death of Michale Malik Kawon Lee, 18, who was killed after he shot one police officer and fired shots at another on the parking lot of Harbor Oaks after a reported altercation and fight on Aug. 26.
After reviewing an investigation report prepared by the Arkansas State Police, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter ruled Sept. 18 that Officer DeShawn Bennett and Sgt. William Rolulhac were justified in using deadly force against Lee in self-defense. Hunter also said that Roulhac was justified in using deadly physical force to effect an arrest of Lee, who had just committed a felony and was armed and dangerous.