Four Pine Bluff men have been killed in four separate incidents beginning Sunday and ending Tuesday night. Little information was known about the Tuesday evening murder before press time.
According to Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley, the victim was identified as 20-year-old Jamonte Smith. He was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at 6:38 p.m.
In the Monday night homicide, police were called to the 2800 block of Poplar Street where they found Corey Pitts, 26, lying in the street and unresponsive. He was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced dead.
According to a press release Tuesday from Officer Richard Wegner, Pitts went to the resident of Jermaine Shepherd, 29, and an argument broke out between the two, which led to a physical fight inside the home. During the fight, Shepherd fired a single shot, hitting Pitts.
Shepherd surrendered himself and turned the weapon over to police without incident and cooperated with the investigation.
Witnesses who were present during the incident, as well as Shepherd, were interviewed by detectives, and a representative of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was also present.
After the interviews were concluded, Shepherd was released pending the filing of a case file with prosecutors, who will make the final decision on if criminal charges are warranted.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation into the other two murders, and no arrests have been made at this time.
The first of the two occurred in the 1900 block of Amis Street at 10:16 a.m. Sunday when police were called to the 1900 block of Amis Street in reference to a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found Ramon Buckhanan, 29, with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Kelley said Buckhanan was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at 11:56 a.m. The body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory at Little Rock for an autopsy Monday.
According to a press release from Officer Richard Wegner Sunday, ”it appears three or four male subjects walked up from 18th Avenue and at least one of them began firing at the victim. They then fled on foot going east on 18th Avenue. A motive is unknown at this time.”
In the early morning hours Monday, police were sent to the area of West 34th Avenue and Fir Street in response to a report of shots fired in the area. Wegner said while officers were responding, they were directed to 2600 W. 34th Avenue to investigate a report that someone had been shot.
Multiple people suffering from gunshot wounds were found at the scene, Wegner said a press release Monday.
Kelley identified one of the victims as Antonio Brown, 36, who was pronounced dead of apparent at the scene by Deputy Coroner April Davis at 1:45 a.m. The cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds to the upper body; Kelley said Brown’s body was also sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office Monday.
Two victims with gunshot wounds left the scene and transported themselves to an undisclosed hospital in Little Rock. The fourth victim was transported by ambulance to JRMC in Pine Bluff with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Wegner said that based on information gathered to this point, a vehicle approached the house and an occupant opened fire on victims who were outside. The investigation is in its early stages and detectives are conducting interviews. More information will be released as it becomes available.
On July 29, the body of Antonio Urquhart, 27, was found inside a vehicle that had hit a pole at the intersection of Camden Road and Union Avenue at 12:29 a.m. He was pronounced dead of apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
While police were at that scene, they were called to 5102 W. 6th Ave. in response to a reported shooting and found the body of Travis Scales, 32, inside the house. He was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.
No arrests have been made in either homicide.
There have been 15 homicides in Pine Bluff so far this year. Through the end of August 2017, 19 homicides had been reported.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook and Text-a-Tip using the information listed below.
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