TAPD hunts for Texarkana man, accused of fatally shooting man in front of home


TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – Texarkana Arkansas police are actively searching for a man who allegedly shot and killed another man in front of a home Tuesday evening.

According to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, officers have issued an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Justin Howard Petty in the shooting death of 31-year-old Billy Ray Eddings.

The fatal shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Fairview Street. TAPD says after receiving a shots fire call, they showed up at the home and found the body of Eddings in the front yard of a home. The victim had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Criminal Investigators say they quickly gathered evidence and information indicating that Howard is responsible for the homicide.

The shooting is still under investigation and if anyone has seen Howard or knows where he is, contact TAPD CID at (903) 798-3154 or CrimeStoppers at (903) 794-STOP.

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