Police: Arkansas Shooting Suspect Recently Fired

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Little Rock, Ark. (AP) - Police say the man suspected in Wednesday's shooting death of Arkansas Democratic Party Chief Bill Gwatney had just been fired from a Target store.

Police later shot and killed Timothy Johnson after a 30-mile chase.

Police in Conway say he'd been fired earlier for writing graffiti on a store wall and that store employees said his body shook as he turned in his ID badge.

A neighbor says Johnson kept to himself, was “kind of different” and she never felt comfortable with him.

Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary Clinton have issued a statement calling Gwatney a strong state party chairman and a “cherished friend and confidant.”

He'd been planning to go to Denver later this month as delegate for Senator Clinton at the Democratic Convention.

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