UPDATE: According to West Memphis Police, three people have been apprehended in this investigation.

Police said Jotavion Ross, 18, was found at a local motel with a firearm and charged with capital murder. A juvenile turned himself in and was charged with capital murder.

A woman was also taken into for hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to reports.

WREG will update this story with more details as they become available.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 21-year-old man was found shot to death Wednesday night, police in West Memphis, Arkansas said.

West Memphis Police responded to the intersection of East Barton Avenue and Ingram Boulevard for a shots fired call just before 11.

They found Samuel Johnson of West Memphis on the ground suffering multiple gunshot wounds. EMS crews tried to stabilize him for transport to Baptist Crittenden Hospital but he did not survive, police said.

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Johnson’s family said he graduated from West Memphis High School. He was walking to the store when he was shot.

His stepfather, Jimmy Fletcher, said he is shocked and dismayed over what happened and has no idea why Samuel was shot, as he had no enemies. “He never bothered anyone. Why would anybody take his life like that?”

Samuel Johnson’s death is the 9th homicide so far this year in West Memphis… compared to 7 this time last year.