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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police report that officers with their department responded to Scully Street Tuesday Morning around 6:20AM in reference to a shooting.
Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant. He said that he and his wife heard a noise outside and thought that someone was breaking into their vehicles. He said that he went outside armed with a .380 caliber pistol and begin looking around his vehicles. As the complainant approached the passenger side of his wife’s vehicle, he says that he saw a man in the back seat pointing a gun at him. He said that he ran around to the driver’s side and the 2 exchanged gunfire. Then, the suspect got out of the vehicle and ran away.
A significant amount of blood and shell casings were found inside the vehicle.
This event was captured on surveillance video. The video shows a man enter the complainant’s unlocked vehicle and rummage through it for a short period. He then gets out of that vehicle and enters a second unlocked vehicle. The complainant enters the second vehicle as the complainant walks out of the house with a firearm in his hand and begins looking around. The complainant approaches the vehicle the suspect is in and sees the male inside. The complainant retreats back and it appears that the suspect begins firing at the complainant. The complainant returns fire and the suspect fled the scene on foot. The suspect was wearing a face covering and had what appeared to be a tattoo on his forehead.
Hot Springs Police got a phone call several hours later advising that Dewayne Mervin Johnson, 19, of Riley Street in Hot Springs, was at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock with a gunshot wound to his arm and shoulder. He told Little Rock Police Detectives that he was shot in Benton. Later, he changed the story to say that he was shot at his residence on Riley Street in Hot Springs. LRPD sent a photograph of Mr. Johnson that showed a tattoo on his forehead and put Mr. Johnson’s clothing into evidence. The clothing matched what the suspect was wearing in the surveillance video taken from the scene on Scully Street. The forehead tattoo was also consistent with what is seen in the video.
Mr. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Unlawful Discharge Of A Firearm From A Vehicle, Felony Breaking Or Entering x2 and Criminal Mischief with bond set at $100,000.