Conway police officials confirmed Friday that the disturbance leading up Thursday’s fatal shooting outside the police station stemmed from a relationship between the accused shooter and the victim’s fiancee.
Christopher Childress, 32, of Jonesboro, was gunned down Thursday in the police department’s Front Street parking lot following a disturbance with 21-year-old Cortez Waller.
According to Conway Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Harris, Childress followed Waller to the police department in his vehicle after the two crossed paths in town. Waller allegedly went to the police department to report an unrelated theft.
"The victim was the aggressor," Harris said.
Following a confrontation between the two men, four shots were fired, and Childress was transported to Conway Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Waller turned himself into police immediately following the incident. Waller, of 2840 Dave Ward Drive Apt. K3 in Conway, was arrested, and police expect formal charges of first-degree murder to be filed as early as today.
According to Harris, Waller and the victim’s fiancee, DeRanda Carter, had a relationship recently, but officials are getting conflicting reports on when the relationship ended. Childress was aware of the relationship, Harris said.
Carter, as well as the couple’s three small children, were in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting and witnessed the incident.
"The kids were in the car; they saw it," Carter told KATV Thursday. "I don’t know how they’re going to take it. They were screaming. They didn’t know what was going on," Carter said. "I tried to pick (Childress) up, but he wouldn’t move. There was blood everywhere."
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