Pine Bluff police are in the early stages of investigating a shooting that left one person dead Thursday night.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Fenton Tolbert, 37, of Pine Bluff. Tolbert was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher, who listed the cause of death as apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Kelley said the body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

According to a PBPD news release, the shooting occurred at about 9 p.m. on 18th Ave. between Linden and Plum streets. Officers in the area on an unrelated call reported hearing multiple gunshots.

While trying to locate the source of the shots, a 911 call was received reporting a vehicle collision with injury the 1200 block of West 18th Ave. When officers arrived, they found a single gunshot victim in the driver’s seat of a passenger car. The driver was unresponsive, and medical help was summoned from Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services as well as the local ambulance service

Police said this incident is being investigated as the 18th homicide for 2019 in Pine Bluff.

PBPD Sgt. Richard Wegner said police are asking anyone with information to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or the dispatch center at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via our Facebook page using the link listed below.


According to court documents, Tolbert was out on bond stemming from an incident on Oct. 7, 2018, for which he was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.

According to a probable cause document from that case, an officer met with Tolbert’s wife who said she had filed for divorce from him and he had kicked in the door of her residence and set the grass on fire.

She said that two days prior to that incident, he had threatened to kill her.

Security video showed Tolbert run up to the residence carrying a large plastic container and kick the front door twice. He then walked out to the front yard and started pouring an unknown liquid from the container onto the grass and then striking an unknown object that was believed to be a lighter, causing sparks.