Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Presley reports that she was dispatched to the 200 block of Mountain Pine Road last night around 9PM to investigate a gunfire episode where a known person fired a gun from a vehicle and drove off. The victim was on the phone with dispatchers as he followed the suspect vehicle Westbound on Highway 270W.
Arkansas State Troopers became involved and conducted a felony traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, a white 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, at the intersection of Sunshine Road at Timberlake Drive. The troopers made contact with the suspect, Zachery Parrish, 27, of Morgan Street in Murfreesboro, and detained him for investigation.
They quickly located and seized a Highpoint 9mm pistol that was inside the cab of the truck. Mr. Parrish was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Parrish was Mirandized, waived his right to remain silent and told deputies that he and the victim had been communicating via cell phone for approximately a week. Mr. Parrish said that the victim continuously mentions meeting Mr. Parrish for the purpose of a physical altercation. Just before the gunfire was reported, he said that he intended to meet the victim. While at the Dollar General Store on Mountain Pine Road, Mr. Parrish reconsidered his intenti0ns.
Mr. Parrish departed the Dollar General Store in his truck and a vehicle soon began flashing it’s lights and honking at him. The vehicle pulled up beside him while driving down the highway and he could hear the person yelling at him. Mr. Parrish rolled his window down and found that the person yelling was the person he had been communicating with via cell phone. Both the suspect and the victim yelled at each other. Mr. Parrish then saw an opportunity to scare the victim. Mr. Parrish displayed his pistol. The victim saw this and suddenly hit the brakes. Mr. Parrish says that he was well ahead of the victim at that point and decided to fire a round out the window at a ditch. Mr. Parrish kept driving until the troopers showed up at Timberlake Drive.
Mr. Parrish is charged with Felony Aggravated Assault and Felony Discharge Of Firearm From Vehicle with bond set at $7,500.