North Little Rock, Arkansas

From Little Rock’s KATV.com of March 29, 2007

Homeowner Claims Self Defense in North Little Rock Shooting

It happened early Thursday morning near Haywood and Water Street. Police say a man has admitted to shooting at another man, but claims it was in self-defense.

(Sharea Yancy, Neighbor) “I knew there was somebody over there laying down because I seen the white sheet.”

When Sharea Yancy got home early Thursday morning, her North Little Rock neighborhood was full of police, and the coroner was on the scene. Across the street from her house a man lay dead on the ground.

(Yancy) “It’s just shocking. I was kind of shaken. It just shocked me.”

When police responded to a shots-fired call around 12:30 a.m., they found the body of 22-year-old Erroll Bernard Robinson, Jr. on the front porch of a vacant home on Water Street.

A resident around the corner, 43-year-old Myron Doss, told investigators he fired twice in self-defense, and the man ran away.

(Officer Carmen Green, North Little Rock Police Dept.) “The resident heard glass break outside his residence. When he opened the door he saw a black male crouched down behind his vehicle. When he stepped out onto his porch that’s when the individual stood up turned towards him and fired one shot. And returned? Yes and he returned fire.”

So far, police have not made any arrests.

(Yancy) “If it was me, I would have done the same thing if everything was legit and everything went like he said it was. People are just getting tired. It’s like you stay at your house and I’ll stay at mine and leave other people’s things alone.”

The man who was found dead had been arrested previously on robbery charges. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

From Little Rock’s CWArkansas.com of March 30, 2007

Homeowner Kills Suspect

A North Little Rock neighborhood that’s out of control. That’s what some people are saying after an overnight shooting in the Rose City area that left one man dead. But North Little Rock police believe it’s a case of self-defense.

Mickie Brown likes her neighborhood, one that is usually quiet the silence broken by gunfire early this morning. “Shocked I thought I slept through this. I live across the street, one of the bullets could have ricocheted and hit me,” says Brown.

North Little Rock police say someone was trying to break into a car parked in front of a house. When the homeowner came out, he was armed and approached the man. The suspect fired at him and the homeowner shot back… 21 year old Bernard Robinson died on the steps of this vacant home a block away. “They need more patrol, watch more and cut down on the gang bangers,” says Brown.

Brown says this part of Rose City isn’t a bad area they just need a little help. “it’s a proud neighborhood, I’ve been here seven years and never had a problem. The police need to step up and get some of the bad elements out of the neighborhood,” says Brown.

The homicide is too much for Akika Perkins and her small children. “They aren’t going to grow up around here, not if this is going to happen,” says Perkins.

It’s the fifth homicide for the city, but it’s the first for this east-end neighborhood. Brown says it’s a preventable tragedy. “Here we sit today with a 22 year old who didn’t get to finish his life out,” says Brown.

North Little Rock detectives are not done in this case. Investigating tonight whether what happened last night was a justified shooting or a crime. Meanwhile those living in the area want something to change. Investigators are looking at the shooting as being justified since the suspect was invading the homeowner’s property. The last decision will come from the prosecutor’s office on whether to file charges. The homeowner was questioned and released.

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