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Fayetteville police make arrest in shooting tied to drugs



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting last week of two men during a drug deal and an argument about gangs, police said.

Tyonte Redden, 20, of 3050 N. Gregg Ave., No. 1, was arrested Saturday in connection with aggravated assault, battery, intimidating a witness, theft by receiving and possession of firearm by certain persons. Redden was being held Monday in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

Officers went to the Econo Lodge, 1000 S. Futrall Ave., at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting, according to a preliminary police report. The caller reported seeing a man leaving room 220 and driving away in a black Mercury Grand Marquis.

Two men in the room were shot and taken to Washington Regional Medical Center, according to the report. Both were intoxicated and uncooperative. Police have not identified the two.

Police found a shell casing and evidence of drugs in the room.

One of the men later contacted police and told them who shot him. The man said Redden came to the room to buy drugs and an argument about gang relationships started, according to the report.

The man said Redden held a gun on them, made them kneel and asked them “you going to snitch now?” The man said he was trying to convince Redden he was not an informant when Redden shot him and the other man, according to the report.

He told police he was uncooperative at first because he was afraid he would be killed if Redden found out he was talking to the police.

The man identified Redden from jail booking photos and photos on social media. Police records showed Redden owned a Mercury Grand Marquis. Redden was arrested at 3:47 p.m. Saturday at his residence.