Affidavit: Murder suspect said "I'll shoot him or myself"

Deadly shooting in Independence Co., 1 in custody
This shooting makes the second homicide of 2018 for the Independence County Sheriff's Office. (Source: KAIT)
This shooting makes the second homicide of 2018 for the Independence County Sheriff's Office. (Source: KAIT)

NEWARK, AR (KAIT) - Recently released court documents are shedding more light on a murder investigation in Independence County on Monday.

A probable cause affidavit states two women at the scene were questioned by investigators.

One of the women was in a relationship with 33-year-old John Goodman of Newark and 27-year-old Steven Reed of Newport. After a breakup with Goodman, the woman became involved with Reed.

According to court documents, there was "physical abuse" in the new relationship and the woman turned to Goodman for a place to stay.

Reed and one of his relatives went to Goodman's home on Locust Street Monday to pick up the woman and her belongings.

At that time, the woman said Goodman told her "It's me or him." He also reportedly said, "I'll shoot him or myself" while obtaining a gun from his bedroom.

Reed, court documents stated, came to the door and Goodman said to come in. The woman said she saw Goodman begin shooting Reed as he started to enter.

The woman with Reed also corroborated the account of the shooting. She also stated that Goodman was concerned about finding his dog that ran from the home after the shooting.

Deputies responded to the report of one gunshot around 7:20 a.m. at the house.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies found Reed's body just inside the doorway to the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Goodman was then arrested.

"The suspect was still there," Independence County Sheriff's Shawn Stephens said. "He came out when officers arrived and was taken into custody without incident."

Goodman faces a first-degree murder charge. His bond was set at $1 million.

According to Stephens, the gun used in the incident was stolen from Missouri.

Detectives have interviewed two witnesses as well as the suspect.

This is the latest of multiple violent crimes the Independence County Sheriff's Office has investigated lately.

This shooting also marks their second homicide case of the year.

Sheriff Stephens agrees that violent incidents seem to be on the rise, but his deputies have stepped up to make sure they are solved also.

"We're adjusting to it," Stephens said. "The staff here, the deputies and everybody, the investigators, when something like this happens everybody throws their hat in the ring and everybody is all in trying to get everything resolved."

Of the recent violent crimes, the longest it has taken his office to get the suspects in custody was four hours, the sheriff said.

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