Police in Texarkana need your help in locating a suspect in yesterday's fatal shooting. At approximately 4:30 yesterday (Tuesday, September 29) afternoon officers with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department responded to 601 Fairview regarding complaints of shots fired in the area. While in route to the call officers learned that the shots fired complaint had been upgraded to a shooting.

According to a press release, when officers arrived, they found Billy Ray Eddings, 31 years of age deceased in the yard of 601 Fairview.

Criminal Investigators were called to the scene and quickly gathered evidence and information indicating Justin Howard Petty, a black male, 35years of age, is responsible for the homicide. An arrest warrant has been issued and officers are currently searching for Petty.



The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect’s vehicle shortly after the shooting incident that occurred in 600 block of Fairview Street. Suspect Howard Petty is still at large.

Investigators continue their investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact TAPD CID at (903) 798-3154 or CrimeStoppers at (903) 794-STOP.

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