West Memphis murder suspect arrested

Eddie Lee Tribble (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
Eddie Lee Tribble (Source: West Memphis Police Department)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT & WMC) – A man wanted for shooting a West Memphis man to death is in the Crittenden County jail.

U.S. Marshal Bob Clark tells Region 8 News that Eddie Lee Tribble, 23, was arrested in Marion Tuesday afternoon.

Clark says West Memphis and Marion police and U.S. marshals made the arrest without incident.

West Memphis Police were on the hunt for Tribble wanted in connection with the shooting death of a West Memphis man.

According to police, Eddie Lee Tribble is suspected in the shooting death of 25-year-old Devario Smith outside of "The Good Lyfe Live" Banquet Hall and Event Center on 1014 East Broadway on May 6.

Tribble is described as a black, medium-complexioned man standing 6 feet tall and weighing 260 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police say Smith was brought to the Crittenden Regional Hospital where he later died of the gunshot wounds sustained during the early morning shooting.

Tribble is wanted for first-degree murder, terroristic act, and possession of a firearm by certain persons. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police say Tribble was involved in a standoff situation Tuesday night, but he managed to escape through the back door just minutes before they surrounded his mother's apartment.

"They were beating on the door telling them to come out and everything. They were down with the sniper rifle," said 13-year-old witness Diarrus Carter.

Residents say this is just part of the latest feuding between the east and west sides of West Memphis— a conflict that has been going on for decades and passed down through families.

"Over and over again ask me how many people have been killed because of it. I don't know. It's been some," said one resident who gave his name only as Stan.

Even the youngest residents see the continued violence. One little girl worries it will ruin her summer. She begs them to stop.

"Fighting and fussing and arguing and shooting," she said.

Chief Donald Oakes says since the murder two weeks ago, there have been more shootings, and they need to find suspect Eddie Tribble before it breaks out again. 

Anyone with information of his whereabouts are asked to call Crittenden County Crimestoppers at (870) 732-4444. Police say they are offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to Tribble's arrest.

Do not attempt to contact Tribble on your own.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved. WMC-TV contributed to this report.