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Alleged: Gunfire At Piney Loop Leads To Felony Gun Charge; Felony Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

UPDATE: The pickup truck was secured and towed from the scene to the Garland County Sheriff’s Garage.  A search warrant on the truck was obtained and executed.  Sheriff’s CID Investigators located 66 Hydrocodone pills in a in a small clear bag that was found in the center console.

A second search warrant was obtained and executed on the truck for possession of a controlled substance.  No other items were taken into evidence.

Amended charges for Mr. Rios include Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms and Felony Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime.  Also, the $6,000 bond has been amended to being held without bond.

ORIGINAL STORY: Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Presley reports that she was dispatched to the 100 block of Piney Loop yesterday around 2PM for the complaint of gunfire (5-6 rounds).

Dep. Presley arrived in the area and spoke with 2 people that were on the street.  They said that they saw a black truck with a silver toolbox leave the area about that time.  Dep. Presley drove around the area to see if she could locate that truck.

She got to 149 Piney Loop and saw a truck that fits the description.  She stopped and made contact with the 4 men standing in a carport.  As soon as she got out of her vehicle, 1 of the men, later identified as Luis Rios, 43, of Piney Loop in Garland County, placed something underneath a towel in the back yard.  Backup officers arrived and the towel was checked.  Under the towel, officers located a 9mm Taurus Pistol.

Luis Venegas Rios, 43, of Piney Loop in Garland County – Allegedly fired a gun from a moving vehicle and then, refused to speak with deputies.

The suspect vehicle’s engine was still running.  That vehicle was checked as well.  An empty shell casing was seen inside the truck.

3 of the men cooperated and gave their info to officers.  The 4th person, Mr. Rios, refused to cooperate and the only words he would speak were “call my lawyer”.

A witness told deputies that he saw Mr. Rios fire the gun from the driver window of the truck.

Mr. Rios was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Unlawful Discharge Of A Firearm From Vehicle and Obstructing Governmental Operations with bond set at $6,000.