More details released in Blytheville shooting investigation

More details released in Blytheville shooting investigation
Antonio Harris (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Antonio Harris (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Police made an arrest in a shooting incident, but it's not the suspect they want for the shooting.

Blytheville Police Criminal Investigation Division Commander Capt. Scott Adams states Antonio Harris, 25, was arrested following a series of events that began on Thursday evening and lasted through the night.

Initially, officers were called to a residence in the 800-block of E. Rose St. to a shooting around 4:45 p.m. When they arrived, officers found several spent casings in the road in front of a residence.

Officers also found bullets inside the living room.

The victim told officers the suspect's last name was "Harris." In addition, the victim said Harris and the victim's cousin have "had a run-in with each other."

The suspect was reportedly driving a green Ford Crown Victoria with a broken back window.

No injuries were reported in this shooting.

Adams states police were called again hours later around 10 p.m. to the 200-block of E. Davis St. for someone being shot.

While taking the call, dispatchers heard someone on the phone telling another person to "hide the guns," according to Adams.

Once on scene, officers spoke with Antonio Harris and 33-year-old Demetrius Crutchfield. Crutchfield was on a bed inside the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper thighs and groin.

Harris told officers he was at his cousin's house when he heard gunshots around Crutchfield's residence. He then ran to the home and found the man shot.

In addition, Harris told officers he was on parole and kept saying "he needed to leave." He was taken into custody.

At this time Adams states officers were advised that Taylor Cannon, 21, was shot in the right arm and was already at a Blytheville hospital.

Cannon told detectives he was on Davis St. while at Crutchfield's residence when an "unknown suspect approached them and began shooting."

Officers found bullet holes on the outside of the residence, unfired bullets in the residence, and narcotics found next to a bed in the house.

Police also found "several firearms and ammunition" on the ground along the 200-block of Davis.

Since Harris and Crutchfield are convicted felons, according to Adams, a search warrant was obtained. Police reportedly found other weapons, ammunition, and drugs.

Detectives spoke with Harris at the police department. He admitted that he and a cousin removed "numerous firearms" from the residence and threw them over a fence.

Harris said his cousin ran from the residence while he stayed to direct officers to where the second shooting happened. He also said he didn't know who might have shot Crutchfield but did say he had numerous "enemies."

Crutchfield and Cannon were eventually airlifted to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Harris was charged with possession of a firearm by certain persons and tampering with physical evidence. He will be arraigned in Blytheville District Court on Sept. 19.

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