TAPD searching for homicide suspect involved in shooting death

State Police

TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) is searching for a male involved in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man earlier this afternoon.

Police are searching for 35-year-old Justin Howard Petty, who they believe is involved in the shooting death of Billy Ray Eddings.

According to police, at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, TAPD officers responded to 601 Fairview regarding complaints of shots fired in the area. While on the way to the call, the shots fired complaint had been upgraded to a shooting.

Police say that criminal investigators were called to the scene discovered evidence indicating Petty’s involvement.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Petty.

Justin Howard Petty — Courtesy: TAPD

Anyone with any information on Petty’s whereabouts or the homicide is asked to call Texarkana Arkansas police at 903-798-3154 or Crime Stoppers at 903-794-STOP.