Fort Smith police investigate shooting death of 22-year-old, suspect charged with murder

River Valley News

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fort Smith Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday, February 14.

Detectives with the Fort Smith Police Department were called to a local hospital on Sunday at approximately 8 p.m.

A gunshot wound was discovered on 22-year-old Jeremiah Allen, who was pronounced dead during the transport.

James Michael Eugene Shoemake, 22, has been arrested in connection with the death of Allen.

According to a probable cause report, it was discovered that Allen had been shot in the back once. A witness at the scene said Shoemake ran back into the apartment after 15 minutes saying that he shot someone.

A search warrant at the apartment was conducted and the gun was found hidden inside the apartment walls.

Shoemake has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated armed robbery. Shoemake will be arraigned on the charges on February 24.

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