PINE BLUFF, Ark. — On Saturday, March 23, at about 7:10 p.m., officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department were dispatched to the area of West Roane in reference to gunshots in the area and a disturbance.
Nearby officers heard more gunshots as they approached the address. On arrival they found 30-year-old Odell Lankford lying in the street. Lankford was still breathing and had at least one apparent gunshot wound.
Officers also identified the shooter, 34-year-old Jason Rouse, still at the scene. Rouse was taken into custody without incident.
EASi Ambulance service and first responders arrived and attempted to treat Lankford but he was already deceased. Deputy Coroner Ti’Ran Compton arrived and pronounced Lankford dead at the scene at 7:32 p.m.
Witnesses said that Lankford and Rouse were fighting in the street in front of West Roane. During the fight, Rouse got a handgun and shot Lankford.
Witnesses also stated that Rouse’s girlfriend, 33-year-old Nakeisha Dalton, came to the scene with Rouse and also fired shots toward Lankford before the fight started.
Dalton was also taken into custody. Dalton is also Lankford’s sister.
Rouse and Dalton were both booked into the Jefferson County Jail. Rouse was booked for 1 count of 1st Degree Murder. Dalton was booked for 1 count of Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member.