Batesville police release names in Monday night homicide

Batesville police release names in Monday night homicide

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Batesville Police Department is investigating a woman's murder after a shooting Monday evening. One man was arrested soon after the crime.

According to Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill, the shooting happened at the Tobacco Warehouse on Harrison Street. The Tobacco Warehouse is located in a strip mall along with Domino's Pizza.

On Tuesday Cockrill told Region 8 News the victim Sarah Lindsey, who worked at the Tobacco Warehouse, was discovered by a customer around 6:45 p.m. inside the business. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Lindsey was shot "multiple times" by the suspect, later identified as Christopher Lyons, who was arrested about an hour after the shooting.

"He exited the store abruptly, was gone for just a little over a minute, returned with a firearm in his hand and shot her," Cockrill said.

Police received a call shortly after from a witness stating a friend called him claiming to have shot his ex-wife at the Tobacco Warehouse. The witness came by the station to give his statement and tell police Lyon's whereabouts.

Batesville Police with assistance from the Independence County Sheriff's office found Lyons at a trailer park north of Batesville. He was taken into custody without resistance.

Based off witness statements Lindsey and Lyons were previously married, but police say they are working to confirm through court records.

Region 8 News spoke with shop owners around the area and no one seemed to have heard anything. One Domino's worker did not know about the incident until he returned from a delivery.

"When I got back from delivering there were a couple of cop cars with their lights on going, but I didn't think much about it," Alfred Matheson said. "I went back and clocked in and when I turned around they were taping off the crime scene."

The Tobacco Warehouse would not give much comment on the incident except their prayers are with Lindsey's family.

Lyons is facing three separate charges in the case, capital murder, possession of firearms by certain persons and felony with firearm.

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