Murder Suspect Arrested After Being Released From Hospital
A Fort Smith man who had been recovering in the hospital after allegedly gunning down his ex-wife’s father and critically wounding his ex-son-in-law is now behind bars on suspicion of capital murder, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.
Michael Ray Underwood, 47, had been receiving medical treatment in a Little Rock facility after allegedly turning the gun on himself after killing his ex-father-in-law, Michael Shook, in June. Underwood was transported to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith before being transferred to the Sebastian County Detention Center on Monday , according to police.
An arrest warrant was issued for Underwood on Monday, accusing him of capital murder, police said.
Shook was declared dead by medical crews responding to his home June 13. The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. at 2000 S. 70th St., according to Fort Smith Police Capt. Jarrard Copeland.
Underwood suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Copeland said.
Investigators said they believe Underwood’s ex-wife, Angela, was living with her father at the time of the shooting. Copeland said there had been an ongoing problem between the Shook’s daughter and Underwood. Angela had submitted an online request for extra patrol at the home on South 70th Street earlier in the month, authorities said.
A protection order was issued three days before the shooting and was to be served on Underwood, according to police.
A Fort Smith officer patrolling the area noticed Underwood’s vehicle at the house and stopped Thursday morning, officials said. There were no active warrants out for the man, but a Sebastian County deputy told the officer there was an outstanding order of protection against Underwood, Copeland said.
When authorities went into the home they found the Shook dead and Underwood wounded, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs.
Angela was not at the home at the time of the shooting, according to police.
Police reports show on June 6, Angela spoke with an officer in reference to continued harassment from Underwood. The responding officer took the initial report, listing potential charges of domestic assault and possession of a firearm. After that she went to the Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to seek a warrant and request an order of protection, police said.