Po­lice say man shot self; driver ar­rested

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - SCAR­LET SIMS

FAYET­TEVILLE — Po­lice ar­rested a man they said was driv­ing er­rat­i­cally on Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard with a man who had been shot in his back­seat.

Dedrick Earl Roberts, 21, of 19 Phillips County 226 just out­side He­lena, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with fil­ing a false po­lice re­port and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a mi­nor, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary po­lice re­port.

Po­lice stopped Roberts about 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the in­ter­sec­tion of Govern­ment Av­enue and MLK Boule­vard.

Po­lice found Adrian Wal­lace, 26, of Fayet­teville with a gun­shot wound in the white Dodge Charger.

Of­fi­cers ap­plied tourni­quets to Wal­lace’s legs, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary po­lice re­port re­leased Thurs­day. Wal­lace was taken to Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and trans­ferred to an­other hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Sgt. An­thony Mur­phy, po­lice spokesman, said Thurs­day he didn’t know Wal­lace’s con­di­tion or which hos­pi­tal he was in.

Roberts told po­lice a pas­sen­ger shot an­other pas­sen­ger while both were in the back­seat. A male teenager, who said he was in the front seat, told po­lice Wal­lace shot him­self with a sawed-off Moss­berg 20-gauge shot­gun with a pis­tol grip, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The gun was found in the car.

Roberts said he was driv­ing when he “heard a loud noise over the mu­sic and saw a flash in­side the car.” Roberts told po­lice one man said he was shot, and the other “sud­denly fled from the back of the ve­hi­cle,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Roberts told po­lice he be­gan driv­ing fast through traf­fic to take the man to a hos­pi­tal, the re­port shows. A po­lice of­fi­cer noted in the re­port Roberts had a cell phone but didn’t call 911.

The boy told po­lice three peo­ple were in the car and Wal­lace “some­how ac­ci­den­tally shot him­self in the legs with the shot­gun in the back­seat,” ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary re­port. Wal­lace told Roberts and the boy to say some­one else shot him, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Po­lice used sur­veil­lance video they said sup­ported the youth’s story, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The name of the ju­ve­nile wasn’t re­leased be­cause state law pre­vents po­lice from iden­ti­fy­ing him, Mur­phy said.

Roberts was at the Wash­ing­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with bonds of $1,765 on Thurs­day. A hear­ing has been set for Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to on­line jail records.


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