2nd suspect arrested in Poinsett County shooting

2nd suspect arrested in Poinsett County shooting
Steven Halfacre (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in Tuesday mornings shooting in the Tulot area.

According to Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder, Tony Wayne Wheeler, 47, of Trumann was arrested around 4:15 p.m. for his involvement in the shooting.

Tony Wayne Wheeler (Source: Poinsett County Sheriff's Office)
Tony Wayne Wheeler (Source: Poinsett County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Poinsett County Sheriff's Office)

The alleged gunman was identified as 44-year-old Steven Edward Halfacre of Trumann, who was arrested soon after the shooting.

Deputies say around 5:30 a.m., the Trumann Police Department contacted the sheriff’s dispatch center to report that 44-year-old Michael Craig Ervin was at the Trumann Fire Department with a gunshot wound.

The victim, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office, had been shot at a residence on Tulot Road then driven to the fire department. He was later taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery.

The alleged gunman was identified as Halfacre.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office, as well as the Trumann Police Department, Arkansas State Police, and Arkansas Highway Police, began searching for Halfacre.

A citizen tipped off police that they saw Halfacre walking along Cash Road. Deputies set up a perimeter and searched the area. They found him on Odell Lane shortly before 7:30 a.m. and took him into custody.

Halfacre is being held at the Poinsett County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree battery, felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated residential burglary.

Wheeler is charged with battery in the first-degree and felon in possession of a firearm.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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