|Updated: 10/25/2011 1:35 pm
||Published: 10/24/2011 8:03 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A man who police suspect killed another man before leading them on a high speed chase with a 2-year-old boy inside his vehicle has been charged with first degree murder and endangering the welfare of a minor among other charges, according to reports.
According to police, they were investigating an unrelated case when they heard a gunshot around the corner. They say they found a man, later identified as Joe Jackson, suffering from a gun shot wound at 4312 West 18th. Witnesses told police they saw Jackson arguing with the suspect, who got out of his car and shot Jackson in the chest. Jackson was transported to UAMS where he was pronounced dead at 6:45pm.
Police say they then began a pursuit of a suspect, later identified as 48-year-old Jacques Slocum. The chase ended in North Little Rock where Slocum wrecked his car at 33rd and Pike and was arrested. Police say they were not aware there was a child in the car until the chase ended but that the child was not injured.
Authorities were able to retrieve a gun that pursuing officers reported seeing tossed out the window of the suspect's car.
According to reports, Slocum, who was found to have multiple felony convictions on his record, declined to give a statement. He was charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, one count of possession of firearm, four counts of traffic violations and one count of reckless driving.
Slocum has pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $2 million bond.