Arrest in Fayetteville Shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - A man has been arrested in the investigation of a Thursday night shooting. 

The Fayetteville Police Department says Paris D. Barton, 27, of Forrest City is being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

He faces charges of accomplice to attempted aggravated robbery, accomplice to first-degree battery, accomplice to aggravated assault and accomplice to aggravated assault. 

Police were called to the scene in the 1300 block of North Chickadee Ave. just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Officers later learned three victims had sent photographs of large sums of money to a woman in order to get her to spend time with them, according to an arrest report. The woman led them to North Chickadee Ave. and was trying to get them to come into a home there via text message. They refused out of suspicion she was trying to "set them up," police said. 

Barton was nearby and had asked the three victims for a cigarette before walking away, according to authorities. Eventually, the woman appeared, and three men (including Barton) came running at the victims. One man fired a handgun, and one of the three victims was shot in the leg. Police said his injuries weren't life- threatening. 

Officers later spoke with Barton and said he lied to them, changing his story. 

A detective put together a photo lineup, and two of the victims identified Barton as the man who asked for a cigarette and later charged the group, authorities said. Another witness also placed Barton outside during the shooting. The suspect denied being there during the incident, according to the arrest report. 

Authorities said they learned Barton was on work release from an Arkansas county jail. He was also on probation and not supposed to be in Fayetteville, the arrest report states. 

After refusing to provide a statement to police at the department, he was taken to jail. 

The Fayetteville Police Department said other arrests in the case are possible.


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