A 25-year-old Little Rock man is being held in the county jail without bond after allegedly shooting off around 20 rounds early Wednesday morning at the Chapel Ridge Apartments in Conway.
Online records show Dominic Matlock was booked in the county jail shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday on two charges — aggravated assault and violating an protection order.
According to an incident report, authorities were alerted at 1:44 a.m. that shots had been fired at the apartment complex, located in the 400 block of Second Street.
Several tenants described hearing several rounds being fired off in the early morning hours as they spoke with officers on scene.
One woman said she heard about five rounds sound off nearby that were shortly followed by about five more rounds. While the woman did not see where the shots were fired off at, she told officers she knew the suspect responsible for firing off rounds was close to her apartment.
"[The woman] stated [she] did not see who was doing the shooting because she was in her house and too scared to look," one officer wrote in his report. "[The woman] informed me she was in her house with her children ... who were in their beds asleep."
Another resident also described feeling fearful after hearing nearby gunfire, noting she "was scared to see where the shots were coming from, but [that] it sounded like they shots were right outside her window."
While on scene, officers pinpointed Matlock as the key suspect in this case after one of the tenants said the 25-year-old Little Rock man came up to his apartment brandishing a gun.
According to the man's statement, Matlock "had shown him a pistol in his waistband earlier in the day and made the comment, 'Yeah, that's how I roll.'"
Matlock was staying with a woman in Building 11. However, officers on scene learned the woman had an active no contact order against him. According to a probable cause affidavit, the evidence at hand from witnesses' statements and the fact that Matlock was allegedly violating a protection order led to his arrest.
According to the affidavit, Matlock agreed to answer officers' questions on scene without having an attorney present. According to the case file, Matlock's stories regarding the incident changed several times.
"He initially denied having a gun, but his story to officers changed over time as they questioned him," the affidavit reads in part. "Matlock was found to have active warrants from other jurisdictions, and he was placed under arrest ... After being arrested, Matlock spontaneously told officers that he had had a gun and was being 'drunk and stupid.' He further told officers that the gun was located in the laundry room of the apartment with two 'clips,' which is consistent with the amount of fired casings officers located at the scene."
After receiving the OK from a circuit judge to search the apartment in question for evidence in the case, officers found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, a Black Hawk holster and one .40 caliber Smith & Wesson round, according to an inventory list filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Online records show Matlock is currently being held without bond as he waits a first appearance hearing in district court. Matlock is currently scheduled to appear before a district judge at 9 a.m. Friday.