A suspect has been arrested in the Tuesday evening fatal shooting of a local man on Ouachita Avenue, Hot Springs police said in a release Thursday morning.
Leslie Rita Jane Sinclair, 25, who lists a Bellview Street address, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Shane Roy Sowers, 43, of Hot Springs, and was booked into the Garland County Detention Center shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
Hot Springs police had responded to a report of a shooting around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Ouachita Avenue and arrived to find a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported by LifeNet to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. The victim was identified Wednesday as Sowers.
“Through witness statements and investigation, detectives have developed a suspect in this case,” the release said.
Sinclair is being held on $250,000 bond and will likely be arraigned today in Garland County District Court.
The victim of Tuesday's fatal shooting on Ouachita Avenue was identified on Wednesday as Shane Roy Sowers, 43, of Hot Springs, and Hot Springs police said they have identified a person of interest in the case.
Hot Springs police officers responded to the 600 block of Ouachita Avenue, a short distance from the Garland County Sheriff's Office, at about 5 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a shooting and found a male victim, later identified as Sowers, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported by LifeNet to a local hospital where he later died due to his injuries, police said in a news release.
Detectives, based on witnesses' statements and their investigation, developed a person of interest, HSPD Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes, the department's public information officer, said in the release.
"Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available," he said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.
HSPD officers, Garland County sheriff's deputies and investigators and attorneys from the Garland County prosecutor's office had responded to the scene moments after the shooting which was near the Best Court Motel, 638 Ouachita, located just west of the sheriff's office and the Garland County Court House.
Cervantes said at the time that detectives were interviewing witnesses at the scene.
According to court records, Sowers, who was listed as homeless at the time, was being sought on a warrant for failure to appear. Sowers was arrested Aug. 11 on a felony charge of breaking or entering after allegedly breaking into a local woman's car along with his dog. He was released on Aug. 18 on a $2,500 bond and then failed to appear for his arraignment in Garland County Circuit Court on Oct. 26 resulting in the warrant being issued.
Sowers had previously pleaded guilty on July 27 in Garland County District Court to a misdemeanor count of first-degree criminal mischief and was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 60 days suspended and ordered to pay $300 in restitution to the victim. Court records noted Sowers was a convicted felon and had a parole hold on him.