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Quick arrest made in WM homicide

Quick arrest made in WM homicide


Quick arrest made in WM homicide

Suspect in custody in shooting death of 16- year- old A 22-year old West Memphis man is in custody, suspected in the shooting death of a local juvenile.

On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 5:39 p.m., the West Memphis Police Department received the call of a male subject lying unresponsive in the street in the 700 block of South Avalon Street. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the victim, who appeared to be suffering from gunshot trauma, and immediately requested an ambulance for the victim.

The victim was transported

by EMS to Regional One Medical in Memphis. Despite the rescue efforts of the EMS unit, the victim was pronounced dead at Regional One.

Detectives quickly launched an investigation into the crime and were able to develop Aaron Long, 22, of West Memphis as a suspect. While the motive for the shooting is unknown at this time, detectives were able to obtain information leading to arrest warrants being issued on Long for the Homicide.

“On the morning of June 29, detectives received information that Long had fled West Memphis and was in Independence, Missouri,” explained Capt. Joe Baker, Commander of Enforcement and Criminal Investigation Divisions with the West Memphis Police Department. “Through a coordinated effort with the United States Marshall's Office Eastern Arkansas Fugitive Task Force, Long was apprehended walking from a residence in Independence.”

Baker said the arrest came around 1 p.m. Wednesday, within several hours of receiving the information.

Long was taken into custody by the Marshals and will be extradited back to West Memphis in the coming days.

“This is a great example of how a coordinated effort by local and federal partners can lead to a speedy apprehension in a case like this.

The USMS has the ability to reach a network of its offices all over the United States and makes an apprehension of this type possible for local agencies”, said Baker. “The officers and detectives were able to do a thorough and timely investigation, obtain arrest warrants and with the assistance of the US Marshall's Office get this dangerous offender into custody and off the streets.

We extend our sympathy to the victim's family and were very pleased to have made an arrest so rapidly

on this case.”

By Ralph Hardin

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