JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of opening fire in a Jonesboro neighborhood told police he was scared because someone tried to rob him.
Tuesday afternoon, shortly before 1, Jonesboro Police and Fire Dispatch received multiple calls from citizens saying they heard 6-7 gunshots in the area of Parkwood and Parkview, according to the initial incident report.
When Officer Gary Jackson arrived at the scene, he reportedly saw two men, including 19-year-old Cornelius Deonte Tribble, walking toward him.
According to the report, Tribble was carrying a red backpack.
As Jackson turned his vehicle around to talk with the men, he said they took off running.
Jackson called for backup, then got out of his car and began searching for the men.
According to his report, Jackson found Tribble in the backyard of a home in the 2500-block of Middlefield taking off his shirt.
Jackson ordered Tribble to the ground at gunpoint, then asked where his partner had gone.
Tribble, according to the report, claimed ignorance to the officer's questions and said they knew nothing and had done nothing wrong. He denied having a backpack.
Jackson searched the immediate area and found a red backpack hidden beneath a pile of leaves.
The officer looked through the bag and reportedly found a cell phone and paperwork with the name "Cornelius Tribble" on it.
Jackson continued to search the yard and found a Llama semi-automatic handgun hidden in some leaves near the house.
The gun had a round in the chamber and two more rounds in the clip. Dispatch reported the gun stolen.
Jackson arrested Tribble on suspicion of fleeing, felony theft by receiving and discharging a firearm within the city limits.
While on the way to the Craighead County Detention Center, the officer said Tribble claimed someone had tried to rob him.
"He stated that he hid the gun and the backpack," Jackson reported.
Tribble then reportedly asked the officer, "What would you do if somebody tried to rob you? You'd probably be scared and run too."
Jackson left Tribble at the CCDC in lieu of $425 bond.
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