Man dead, woman injured in separate shootings in Helena-West Helena

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Dashon Hawkins, Demond Vaughn

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead and a woman was injured in two separate shootings that happened Friday in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, the city’s police department said Monday.

Police do not have anyone in custody in either case.

At 1:40 p.m., Helena-West Helena Police were dispatched to 501 Elm Street, where they found LaPatrick Otis, 30, inside a Lincoln Town Car with a gunshot wound to the head. He was flown to Regional One in Memphis and placed on life support, but was pronounced dead Saturday.

Officers also found an AR-15 loaded with a 20 round magazine inside Otis’ vehicle.

At about 6:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to 608 Phillips Street, where they found a woman with a gunshot wound in her upper back.

She told officers she was arguing with her boyfriend, Demond Vaughn, when he shot her in the back. He has not yet been apprehended.

Officers were unable to contact Dashon Hawkins, who is a person of interest in this case. But on Tuesday morning, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department arrested Hawkins at the Fitzgerald Casino.

He’s charged with first-degree murder and terroristic act. He’s bond has been set at $1.5 million.

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