Texarkana murder suspect arrested on Thanksgiving in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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TEXARKANA, Ark. -- A man wanted for murder is being held in the Miller County jail after he was arrested Thanksgiving morning in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Christopher Leroy Tyler, 29, is a suspect in the March 19 shooting that killed Michael Clark, 24, and injured a 6-year-old boy.

Tyler was arrested during a traffic stop Thanksgiving morning in Arkadelphia, according to a police report. Police in Arkadephia received a tip Wednesday that Tyler was staying there.

Tyler was arrested without incident and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He was extradited to Miller County later on Thursday, according to officials. He is being held on charges of murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. His bond is set at $750,000, according to jail records.

Daequan Williams, 19, Kolbe Hemphill, 23, and Kheuma Gilliam, 18, were arrested in March on the same charges in connection to the shooting. Hemphill and Gilliam are also charged with possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Police continue to look for Tamarion McCoy, 18, in connection with the shooting.

The shooting happened during a community event at Pinehurst and Grove streets.

At 8:08 p.m., 911 received calls of gunfire in the area. At 8:13 p.m., another 911 call was placed about a vehicle accident at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hazel Street.

The people in the accident were transporting to the hospital a 6-year-old child who had been struck in the leg by a bullet. The child was taken by another person from the crash scene to a local hospital and later transferred to a Little Rock hospital for further treatment.

About an hour later, at 9:25 p.m., CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital called police to report a male who was in the emergency room with a gunshot wound. The man was identified as Clark, who later died.

Anyone with information on the incident or McCoy's location is asked to call the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 903-798-3154.

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