JONESBORO, Ark. – Jonesboro police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting Friday morning.
Dewayne Antoin Manning, 23, was fatally shot outside a residence in the 400 block of North Bridge Street Friday morning.
Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 400 block of North Bridge shortly after 6:30 Friday morning and found that Manning had been shot. The victim was administered aid and transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
Police on Friday morning obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in connection with the shooting and were seeking the suspect, Alex Rankin, 39, of Jonesboro, on a charge of first-degree murder.
Officers had looked for Rankin the entire day Friday but had been unable to locate him until residents of Miller Street flagged down officers shortly before 8 p.m. and told them that the man they were seeking was walking down Miller Street. Patrolman Ethan Sanderlin approached Rankin as he was about to get into a car in the 200 block of Miller Street, identified him and took him into custody.
Rankin was taken to the Craighead County Jail where he is being held pending a first appearance before a District Court judge next week.
Officers had responded to a shots-fired complaint in the same area Thursday night, but no one was struck by gunfire and no one was arrested.
Through investigation Friday morning, officers identified Rankin as a suspect in the slaying. Police Friday morning searched a nearby house on Allen Street where they believed the suspect had fled, but he was not located there.