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Convicted Felon Charged In The Cooper Street Murder Case; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Hot Springs Police Detective Fallis alleges the following:

On 07/03/19, at approximately 2210 hours, Officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 333 Cooper Street for a shooting.

Upon arrival Officers saw a white male, identified as James Echols lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. LifeNet personnel arrived moments later and told Officers Echols was deceased.

Officers spoke with witnesses that said Echols got into an altercation with a white male, identified as Christopher Harnar  in the roadway at the intersection of Hobson Avenue/Cooper Street. During the altercation Harnar pointed a handgun at Echols and fired several rounds striking Echols. Echols then ran into his residence at 333 Cooper Street where he collapsed on the floor.

Christopher Harnar, 28, homeless in Hot Springs – charged with Murder in the shooting death of James Echols.

On 07/04/19 witness #1 came into the HSPD in reference to this case. Witness #1 said he was sitting on the porch of his residence when the incident occurred and watched the shooting. Witness #1 viewed a photo lineup that contained Christopher Harnar and five other white males of similar age and with similar characteristics. Witness #1 was able to positively identify Harnar as the person he saw shoot James Echols.

On 07/04/19 witness #2 came into the HSPD in reference to this case. Witness #2 told me, Detective Mark Fallis, he went to 304 Cooper Street to make contact with a female friend. He said his friend was not there but he encountered a white male that identified himself as Chris. He said as he was speaking with Chris a male named Jimmy arrived. He said he and Jimmy were speaking with Chris through the bathroom door and Jimmy told Chris he needed to leave. Witness #2 said Chris opened the bathroom door and pointed a handgun at him and Jimmy. He said they backed off and Chris left the residence and walked toward Hobson Street. Jimmy got into his truck and drove to the house on the corner of Cooper/Hobson and parked in the yard. Witness #2 said he walked toward Hobson and as he was turning right onto Hobson he saw Chris in the middle of the road and Jimmy and another male on the corner opposite of him. He said Chris pointed the handgun at him, fired twice, and then turned towards Jimmy and the other male and fired several times. Witness #2 said he ran into his apartment on Hobson Avenue and returned to the scene after he told someone to call 911.

A search of Christopher Harnar’s criminal history showed he was convicted of Theft By Receiving, Class D Felony, on 10/09/18 in Clark County Arkansas and therefore is prohibited to be in possession of a firearm.

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Christopher Harnar, 28, Homeless in Hot Springs, was arrested at his previously known address on Hobson Avenue, transported to Garland County Detention Center, and charged with Felony Murder In The 2nd Degree, Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Person, and Felony Aggravated Assault x2, with a bond amount totaling $250,000.