Thursday, June 30, 2016

UPDATE: Two shot in Heber Springs, suspect arrested

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Our news partner KARK is reporting, quoting a local newspaper, that a Heber Springs couple were killed in a shooting in their print shop, though Heber Springs police have not yet confirmed that both are dead.  Police are seeking a suspect, David Hammonds, 58.

UPDATE: Authorities now say Charlie Johnson was shot multiple times and killed, but his wife Candy Johnson survived and was hospitalized in good condition.

Hammonds was arrested near Bald Knob early this morning after a chase. He's in the White County Jail.

State Police news release:

 An active criminal investigation continues today in connection with a homicide that occurred yesterday (Thursday, June 30, 2016) at a Heber Springs business identified as The Print Shop located along Arkansas Highway 25-B.

The investigation is being overseen by the Heber Springs Police Department with assistance from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police.

At approximately 12:05 PM Thursday, the Heber Springs Police Department was notified of a shooting incident inside the business.

Charles Johnson, 65, and his wife, Candace Johnson, 62, both residents of Cleburne County, were found by Heber Springs police officers inside the business. The Johnsons had sustained gunshot wounds. Charles Johnson was later pronounced dead. Candace Johnson remains hospitalized today.

During the course of the initial phase of the investigation, David Wayne Hammonds, 58, also of Cleburne County, was identified as a potential suspect.

Throughout the afternoon on Thursday and into the evening hours, law enforcement agencies across the state were on the lookout for Hammonds.

At approximately 9:30 PM, a Swifton (Jackson County) police officer reported a suspected sighting of Hammonds. Minutes later the local officer reported he was behind a vehicle matching the description of one believed to be driven by Hammonds.

Local police and Jackson County sheriff’s deputies reported they were in pursuit of the late model Dodge flat-bed truck at 9:45 PM.

Along U.S. Highway 67 at approximately 10:05 PM, an Arkansas State Trooper became the primary lead in the pursuit which ended about one-mile north of Bald Knob at 10:08 PM when Hammonds lost control of the vehicle, wrecked, and was quickly taken into custody by the state trooper.

Hammonds was transported to the White County Jail and subsequently transferred to the Cleburne County Jail. Hammonds is being held for investigation of capital murder, battery in the first degree and commercial burglary.


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