WMPD seeks suspect in New Year’s Eve homicide

Sula Lane shooting leaves West Memphis man dead

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

An incident in the wee hours of the last day of 2015 had investigators on the scene of an apparent homicide. On Thursday Dec. 31, 2015, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Patrol Officers with the West Memphis Police Department responded to the area of Sula Lane and North McAuley Street in reference to gunshots in the vicinity. Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a male subject suffering from an apparent gunshot wound lying in the street near the intersection. Officers secured the scene and contacted EMS for the victim. Emergency responders transported the victim to a local hospital, but due to the severity of his injuries, he did not survive. WMPD CID detectives responded to the location and were able to obtain evidence related to the crime. Based on the information the detectives collected at the scene, a suspect in the case was developed. Police have identified George Henderson, a 19-year-old black male, of West Memphis. Detectives have secured arrest warrants on Henderson at this time and are actively seeking information on his whereabouts. “The officers in this incident were able to make a timely response and collect very important statements and items of evidence,” said WMPD Division Commander Joe Baker. “We are confident based on the evidence and statements that Henderson committed this violent act against the victim and are actively searching for Henderson at this time.” Oakes appealed to the community for help in locating the suspect. “We are asking anyone with information on this crime or information on Henderson’s whereabouts to call the West Memphis Police Department at 870-735-1210 or the Crittenden County Crime stoppers at 870-732-4444,” he said. “As always we greatly appreciate the public’s assistance in helping us bring this incident to a safe and rapid closure for the victim’s family.”

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