Man Mur­dered Near Longview


McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Megan Davis

A McDon­ald County man is dead and an­other is in cus­tody fol­low­ing a shoot­ing Tues­day morn­ing.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders were dis­patched to 1446 S. Tiger Road near Longview a few min­utes af­ter 10 a.m., re­gard­ing a man with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds, ac­cord­ing to McDon­ald County Sher­iff Michael Hall.

Upon ar­rival at the scene, deputies lo­cated the vic­tim, 37-year-old Rus­sell McClel­land, who was pro­nounced dead by paramedics, Hall re­ported.

When wit­nesses iden­ti­fied Wade Woods, 27, of Good­man, as the sus­pect, area agen­cies be­gan search­ing for him and the Ford F150 he was last seen driv­ing.

In ad­di­tion to a first-de­gree mur­der war­rant, Woods also held out­stand­ing war­rants for pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child in re­la­tion to prior in­ci­dents.

“He’s been in trou­ble be­fore, but it’s usu­ally drug or driv­ing re­lated,” Hall said. “He has also stolen a ve­hi­cle in the past but noth­ing this vi­o­lent.”

School district of­fi­cials opted to err on the side of safety and locked down cam­puses coun­ty­wide.

“Schools in the county did go into lock­down, though there was no di­rect threat,” said Hall. “Con­sid­er­ing the prox­im­ity of Longview to Rocky (Com­fort

El­e­men­tary School) though, cam­puses were locked down as a safety pre­cau­tion.”

Woods was taken into cus­tody at ap­prox­i­mately 11 p.m. Tues­day night, af­ter a short pur­suit.

Sher­iff Hall said Woods was spot­ted near Wal­mart on a mo­tor­cy­cle and was then fol­lowed onto Bear Hol­low Road by a deputy. When the deputy ac­ti­vated his lights and siren, Woods failed to stop and con­tin­ued up Goff Ridge Road. He then took a turn onto Fox­trot Road — a dead end near the Mis­souri/Arkansas bor­der.

When he at­tempted to flee the cul-de-sac, he was cap­tured by two McDon­ald County deputies.

The mo­tive of McClel­land’s mur­der is un­clear, Hall said.

Woods and McClel­land were ac­quain­tances, but no al­ter­ca­tion took place and Woods did not en­ter the home, Hall said.

Woods is be­ing held in the McDon­ald County Jail with­out bond.



Wade Woods is shown stand­ing in front of the pickup truck he was last seen driv­ing af­ter a man was shot in Longview. He was ar­rested Tues­day night.

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