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Authorities: Man found dead in Arkansas; 39-year-old arrested

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published July 7, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. Updated July 7, 2017 at 9:29 p.m.

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Alex Rankin, 39


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Police in northeast Arkansas say a man died at a hospital Friday morning after being found shot.

Another man, 39-year-old Alex Rankin, was later arrested on a first-degree murder charge in his killing, according to a news release.

Officers with the Jonesboro Police Department responded around 6:30 a.m. to the 400 block of North Bridge Street in Jonesboro.

At the scene, police found 23-year-old Dewayne Antoin Manning hurt and began to administer aid. He was later taken by ambulance to a local hospital where was pronounced dead, the release states.

Police searched a nearby house on Allen Street, where Rankin was believed to have fled, but did not find him.

Shortly before 8 p.m., residents along Miller Street flagged down officers and pointed them to a man believed to be Rankin walking in the area. An officer stopped the man in the 200 block of Miller Street, determined he was Rankin and arrested him.

Rankin was booked into the Craighead County jail.

Authorities had also responded hours before the killing to the same area Thursday night in reference to a shots-fired complaint. No one was reported struck, and no arrests were made at the time.

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