Gwatney investigation closes, no motive

Gwatney investigation closes, no motive

This dash cam video shows the chase started minutes after Tim Johnson walked into the Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock and shot and killed party chairman Bill Gwatney.<br><b>Watch dash cam video</b>
This dash cam video shows the chase started minutes after Tim Johnson walked into the Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock and shot and killed party chairman Bill Gwatney.

Little Rock Police along with State Police chased Johnson along city streets and the interstate into Grant County. He managed to drive around spike strips and roadblocks, finally police rammed his truck and got him to stop, Johnson came out with a gun and police fired taking him down.

Two investigations started, one by Little Rock Police and the other by Arkansas State Police. Detectives thought they had clues leading to a motive for this murder, clues that included keys to vehicles bought from Gwatney's car dealership. But the nearly thousand page report released today states the keys probably belonged to Johnson's deceased parents.

Although investigators spent hundreds of hours on this case, talked to several witnesses and went down all avenues, they still could not find a link between the two men. "Sometimes it ends in a way you're not wanting. You would love to have answers and we didn't get that with this case, it's a little frustrating," says Lieutenant Terry Hastings with Little rock Police.

State Police also spent hours on this case and their investigation led the prosecuting attorney to find that the officers followed procedure. "Officers used necessary force to protect themselves and residents in that area," says Bill Sadler Arkansas State Police Spokesman.

Despite both agencies closing their cases neither is happy that its likely we'll never know why this happened.
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