Final Suspect Arrested In Deadly Fort Smith Shooting

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) The third and final suspect in a Fort Smith deadly shooting incident from over the weekend (Sept. 27) was arrested on Wednesday (Oct. 1), according to a news release.

The third suspect was a 16-year-old Hispanic male, and he was taken into custody on a warrant issued on suspicion of first-degree domestic battery, the release states.

He was found in an apartment complex in the 900 block of North Albert Pike Avenue, according to the release.

The two other suspects were arrested on Tuesday (Sept. 30), according to police.

Diego Salazar, 22, and an unidentified 15-year-old male were the other two suspects arrested and questioned by police in connection with the shooting Saturday (Sept. 27) that left a man named Chris Morris dead and another man in the hospital, police said.

The police department’s Street Crimes Unit set up surveillance at Salazar’s house on North 38th Street, and a SWAT team later raided the home and arrested Salazar without incident, police said. Shortly after Salazar was arrested, one of the 15-year-old suspects turned himself in to the police while accompanied by his father, police said.

Fort Smith police said the shooting occurred following a fight involving five people. A neighbor told 5NEWS she heard five or six gunshots ring out from the home.

Two of the men involved in the shooting were brothers, according to reports. One brother went inside of the home to retrieve a shotgun. During a struggle between Morris and one of the suspects, another suspect used an unknown caliber handgun to shoot Morris and his brother, Herbert, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs.

The three suspects then left the site with the unknown caliber handgun and the shotgun.

Family friend John Worst said the shooting may have stemmed from a problem between family members from earlier in the day.

The family said Morris’ brother, Herbert, who was injured, is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

17 comments

  • work96

    That comment was racist and that foo probly did something to provoke them to shoot at him. you can say Chris Morris was a great person but only he knew the steps he was taking. The families always say

  • work96

    That comment was racist and that foo probly did something to provoke them to shoot at him. you can say Chris Morris was a great person but only he knew the steps he was taking. The families always say the victim did nothing wrong but if he did right he would have never found himself in this situation .

  • Iam anon

    Bob is a racist. MB is threatening to shoot people. Treebug can’t spell or use punctuation. Work96 says probly and foo. Brian Barber thinks nobody has rights unless they know the victim. The intelligence displayed here is amazing! GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

  • Iam anon

    I am waiting to see what the connection is in this shooting. Are the two minors that were in on the shooting somehow connected to the 14 year old daughter? I am just curious so please, go light on the hate because I asked.

  • Elaphas

    I am a racist, he’s racist, she’s a racist, you’re racist…wouldn’t you like to be a racist too? Idiots.

  • Why

    The main question WHY right? There’s a reason WHY it happened. WHY did some kids shoot older men. They took out a gun soooo…

  • Why

    What’s also rude is the racist comments. You must know so much if you know they’re illegal. Does it make you feel any better by talking about them on 5news comments. No one but the ones who were there no what happened. If what was said is true. 5news and newspaper Have different stories. Whos accurate?

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