Four arrested in Thursday Trumann shooting

The sign at the door of the Trumann police chief. Photo by Stan Morris | NEA Report.

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Trumann, Ark. – An intense, non-stop investigation as described by Trumann Police Department has resulted in four arrests, a late Friday press release said.

The following is a press release from the department:

Trumann Police Department was called to 208 Ambrea Street in Trumann, Arkansas at 4:52pm on Thursday, December 20, 2019 in reference to an argument with shots fired. When officers arrived, they found Raymond Pirtle, 36, of Trumann laying in the floor with three gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. Pirtle was flown to Regional One Health in Memphis where he is still listed in critical condition.

An intensive investigation has determined that Shameka Turner, 22, and Fierra Brooks, 29, both of Marked Tree, Arkansas traveled to Marion, Arkansas where they picked up Daniel Morris, 18, and a black male juvenile, 16. The four went to Pirtle’s address in Trumann where the two males planned to trade one type of drugs for another. During the transaction, the deal turned violent as Morris and the juvenile both fired their guns, striking Pirtle three times and killing a dog inside the residence. An infant and a toddler inside the residence were physically unharmed. The suspects then fled the residence and were picked back up by Turner and Brooks.

Physical evidence retrieved from the crime scene, videos from multiple locations, statements from witnesses, and other key information was used to identify the four suspects.

“I would like to personally thank Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Marked Tree Police Department, Marion Police Department, Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office, and Arkansas Community Corrections for their invaluable assistance in bringing four individuals to justice,” stated Chief Chad Henson. “The law enforcement community in Northeast Arkansas is an incredible team, and Trumann Police Department is proud to be a member of that family.”

In consultation with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, all four individuals are currently being charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree. Other charges are pending.

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