• Dennis McCaslin

One dead, one hospitalized after shooting in Monroe County on Friday

An argument outside a Holly Grove [Monroe County] apartment complex escalated to an armed disturbance, followed by gunfire, yesterday afternoon [December 10th] leaving two local residents wounded. Tyquan Parks, 23, died later at a Stuttgart hospital. Michael Perry, 24, remains hospitalized at Little Rock.

Holly Grove police officers contacted the Arkansas State Police shortly before 5 PM requesting assistance with crowd control outside 504 Pine Street where the shooting occurred. Local officers subsequently asked state police to lead the investigation.

Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division took control of the crime scene and locating witnesses.

Agents assigned to the investigation developed sufficient information leading the Monroe County prosecuting attorney to authorize arrest warrants charging Rydarius Craig, 19, and Christopher Howton, both of Clarendon, with murder [first degree] and battery [first degree].

Howton was arrested last night and is in custody at the Monroe County Detention Center. Craig remains at large.

The Arkansas State Police investigation is continuing.

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