FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department arrested a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting Tuesday (Jan. 26).
Police said they arrested Denver Pennington, 29, after he shot and killed Arthur McIntyre, 33. He was arrested after police obtained a warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is facing first degree murder charges.
Officers were called in around 2 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors called 911 when they heard gun shots and McIntyre’s body was found in the backyard of a home near North 30th Street and Alabama Avenue.
Pennington and McIntyre got into an argument in the early morning hours, police said. Pennington allegedly shot McIntyre once from an unknown caliber rifle.
When asked by 5NEWS reporter Jo Ellison if he had anything to say to McIntyre’s family, he replied, “I’m so sorry.”
When asked if he killed Arthur, he said, “Yes ma’am. I did. He rushed me.”
Listen to the entire interview here:
Police said there were six people in the house and all of them were intoxicated at the time. They said the investigation took longer because they had to wait for the witnesses to sober up.
The backyard of the home where McIntyre's body was found belongs to Alex Parrett who was questioned and released, according to police.