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One released, another arrested in fatal shooting; EPD investigating another shooting

by Tia Lyons | November 24, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.
Tyrae Threats

One man has been released from custody and another arrested in connection to a shooting that left an El Dorado man dead earlier this month.

Two men were initially arrested for capital murder and other felony charges in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Johntavian Hill.

At 11:18 a.m. Nov. 5, El Dorado police received multiple reports of shots fired at Hill's residence, 2322 Oxford St., and upon arrival, they found Hill lying motionless on the floor in the living room.

Hill was pronounced dead on the scene, having sustained 10 gunshot wounds, nine to the back and one to the back of the head, according to a preliminary medical examiner's report that was released by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock.

Hill's stepbrother, Broderick L. Carter, 36, and Charles E. Mitchell, III, 30, both of Oklahoma, were developed as suspects and arrested Nov. 6 and Nov. 8, respectively, in connection to the shooting.

Both were taken into custody in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma City Police Department, who, along with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted the El Dorado Police Department with its investigation.

Carter was arrested at his residence in Oklahoma City following an eight-hour standoff with the OCPD.

He has since been extradited to El Dorado and is being held in the Union County jail without bond.

Carter attended a first appearance hearing Nov. 18 in 35th Judicial District Court. A public defender has been appointed to his case.

This week, Capt. Scott Harwell, of the EPD's Criminal Investigative Division, reported that Mitchell has been released without any charges and another Oklahoma man has been arrested in the slaying.

Police had said that Mitchell traveled with Carter to El Dorado and after investigators confirmed his identity, he was taken into custody by Oklahoma authorities.

"We were able to prove that (Mitchell) was in Oklahoma when the shooting occurred," Harwell said.

Credit card receipts and surveillance video from two stores in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area verified Mitchell's whereabouts at the time of the shooting, Harwell said.

"Mitchell was released last week ... There was no question that he was in Oklahoma City and not here," said Harwell.

Upon further investigation, EPD detectives received information about another potential suspect, an Oklahoma man who they said closely resembles Mitchell and is a known associate of Carter's.

Tyrae T. Threats, 27, was arrested early Tuesday morning by the OCPD on a warrant to avoid flight to Union County (Arkansas) and unrelated charges of second-degree burglary and allowing prostitution on premises.

Harwell said he received word that Threats was in custody two hours after the OCPD was notified that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Harwell explained that Threats's first name is pronounced "Trey" and Mitchell's nickname is "Tray." He also said both men have the name -- spelled in its respective variations -- tattooed on their chests.

Threats is being held in the Oklahoma County jail and is awaiting an extradition hearing to face charges, including capital murder, for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of Hill.

Harwell said he expects an extradition hearing to be scheduled next week for Threats in Oklahoma.

Investigators anticipate additional arrests in the case, he said.

Shooting

An El Dorado man remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, days after he was shot multiple times during a home invasion, according to information that was released by the EPD.

Police responded at 12:06 p.m. Nov. 19 to a report of a shooting at Haygood-Neal Garden Apartments, 1315 W. First, Apt. 52.

Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as Christopher Ford, inside the residence with several gunshot wounds, mostly in his upper torso.

He sustained one gunshot wound to his lower body.

Ford, who is in his 30s, was transported by ambulance to Medical Center of South Arkansas and later airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock, where he remained, reportedly, in stable but critical condition Wednesday.

Harwell said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Persons of interest have been identified and investigators have said that robbery is a possible motive.

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