Security Guard Shot and Killed

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -- An early morning shooting in Trumann on Monday leaves one man dead and another in police custody charged with Capital Murder.  Trumann Police say Monday around 4:30 a.m. 61-year-old Bruce Pennington of Trumann arrived at Columbia Forrest Products for his job as an engineer. 

Instead of going in to work however, police say security video shows him pulling his truck up next to the security building, getting out of his truck and going up to the building.  Police say that's when the victim, 26-year-old Securitas security guard Dorman "Ray" Cooper, met Pennington at the door and was shot.

"The security guard came to the door as he exited his truck.  They were in a foot or so of each other apparently.  He was shot at point blank range.  There was one shot to the chest and another one to the eye," said Police Chief Larry Blagg.

Police say Pennington shot Cooper twice.  Cooper was shot once in the chest and once in the head.  Police say Pennington then got back into his truck and drove himself to the Trumann Police Department and turned himself in to police.

Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg told Region 8 News that Cooper was pronounced dead just before 5:00 a.m.  Police are still investigating this crime and although they don't know the motive at this time, Blagg said it seems to be very deliberate.

"I don't think it's a random act that he just came out and found somebody to shoot," said Blagg.

Another security guard who works with the security company Securitas told Region 8 news that Cooper had worked there for about a year.  Police Chief Blagg said that the suspect had moved to Trumann working for Columbia Forrest Products for about a year.  Blagg said that Pennington is a member of upper management for the company working as an engineer.

Blagg said according to Pennington's boss, he never caused any problems.  This shooting is a shock to the company as well as the suspect's family.

At his probable cause hearing Monday afternoon Pennington was officially charged with one count of Capital Murder and no bond was set.  Pennington will be held at the Poinsett County Jail.  His next day in court will be on June 23rd.