Suspect in Brickhouse shooting appears in court

Witnesses identify Williamson as shooter in case, police say

Suspect in Brickhouse shooting appears in court

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man fired two shots at a bouncer at a downtown private club last weekend, with one shot hitting the bouncer as the man fled from the scene, Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit Wednesday.

A $125,000 cash only bond was set for Zachary A. Williamson, 21, of Jonesboro in connection with the shooting outside the Brickhouse Grill, 218 South Main St., early on Sept. 27.

Jonesboro police said Tuesday they arrested Williamson in the case. On Wednesday, Williamson appeared in district court for a probable cause hearing on battery-1st degree and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service’s East Arkansas Fugitive Task Force arrested Williamson around 10:30 p.m. Monday in Batesville.

Officers with the Jonesboro and Batesville Police Departments and the Independence County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in Williamson’s arrest.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, outside the Brickhouse Grill, 218 S. Main.

Jonesboro police said Wednesday that witnesses helped with the case.

“Zachary Williamson was later identified by witnesses who knew him and saw the incident occur,” Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit.

According to the initial incident report, the suspect shot the club’s 46-year-old bouncer in the right hip.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Officials said in court Wednesday that the bouncer has since been released from the hospital.

Following the shooting, witnesses said the gunman then ran from the scene toward Cate Street.

A woman gave one of the officers investigating the shooting a cell phone she said belonged to the suspect.

According to the incident report, the woman said she knew the phone was the suspect’s because he had given it to her earlier to charge.

Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit that Williamson went to the private club Saturday evening and had been arguing with a woman whom he knew.

Police said Williamson left and went back to the private club several times, before the shooting happened.

Security at the club later got word that Williamson had a firearm, with the bouncer seeing him near the front door, the affidavit noted.

“The victim grabbed Zachary Williams and escorted him outside to the sidewalk near the main entrance of the business. The victim, who still had a hold of Zachary Williamson, saw him pull the firearm out and the victim grabbed the arm of Zachary Williamson that held the firearm,” the affidavit noted. “There were numerous patrons outside and inside the business at this time. Zachary Williamson fired two shots with one shot striking the victim and the other shot striking the ground near where they were standing.”

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide more updates as they become available.

Williamson will be arraigned Nov. 24 in circuit court.

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