Little Rock Police Close File in Gwatney Slaying

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - City and state police have closed their investigations into last summer's shooting of Arkansas' Democratic Party chairman. Investigators say they could not find a reason why the attack occurred.

Bill Gwatney died August 13th after being shot three times by a Searcy man who had been fired from his job at a Target store that morning. Timothy Dale Johnson was chased into Grant County, where he was shot and killed after reaching for a rifle.

A city police report said Johnson was on an anti-depressant and that the drug may have played a part in his "irrational and violent behavior."

Autopsy results said Gwatney died from a shot to the head.

Johnson was shot six times.

Authorities found a note with a telephone number at the word, "Gwatney" on it in Johnson's home, but the report says that was a telephone number for Gwatney Towing Company in Jacksonville, which is no longer in business. The note also listed other numbers for towing companies.

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