Man in court after admitting to shooting another man

Sherwood Simmons (Source: Newport Police Department)
Sherwood Simmons (Source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – A Cotton Plant man is in jail after police said he called 911 after shooting another man Thursday night.

Lt. Patrick Weatherford with Newport police told Region 8 News that Sherwood Simmons was in court on Friday.

Simmons was charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of a defaced firearm, and possession of marijuana.

According to a news release from the Newport Police Department, officers were called out to the Harmony Homes Apartments on the 1100-block of N. Pecan St. in Newport over a shooting. Police said it happened on a sidewalk in front of one of the apartment buildings.

When officers arrived on the scene they found the victim, 45-year-old Ronnie Clark, suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Clark was flown to a Memphis hospital.

During the investigation, officers identified 32-year-old Sherwood Simmons as the suspect. Officers said Simmons called 911 saying he wanted to turn himself in. Simmons was arrested. Police said after arresting him they found a .38 caliber revolver with a defaced serial number and a small amount of marijuana.

He was taken to the Jackson County Detention Center. During an interview with investigators, Simmons reportedly admitted that he shot Clark one time.

Lt. Weatherford said Simmons was convicted on four previous felonies and will be charged as a habitual offender.

He had a bond set at $500,000 and was scheduled to be back in court on March 11.

Newport police said Clark remains in the hospital.

Police said they don't know of a motive.

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