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Authorities: 1 arrested after dispute ends in 29-year-old fatally shot south of Little Rock

By Emma Pettit , Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published May 19, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. Updated May 19, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

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Derek Elder, 27, of Jefferson

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Oak Road in Hensley

HENSLEY — A man is being held on a manslaughter charge after an attempted robbery Friday morning at a rural address south of Little Rock ended with a 29-year-old fatally shot, authorities said.

Pulaski County sheriff's deputies were sent to a home at the end of a private drive about 100 yards off of Oak Road in Hensley around 5 a.m. after getting a call about shots fired, Lt. Cody Burk said at the scene.

When authorities arrived, they found a man, later identified as Ryan Reed of Redfield, fatally hurt in a shed near the home. He had suffered at least one gunshot wound, Burk said.

Authorities say Reed and a person accompanying him, 27-year-old Derek Elder of Jefferson, were talking with an unidentified person at the house when a dispute started over property that Reed believed was his.

Reed brandished a firearm, at which point the unidentified person at the residence fired a shot that struck and killed Reed, the sheriff's office said.

Elder, who is being held on a charge of manslaughter, was reportedly involved in the robbery attempt, according to authorities. He was not armed.

An online inmate roster shows Elder remained at the Pulaski County jail as of around 3:30 p.m. in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Charges were not filed as of Friday afternoon against the person who shot Reed, Burk said.

Based on preliminary information, the sheriff's office believes the shooting may have resulted from a dispute about a vehicle, according to the spokesman.

The home sits beyond a painted “No Trespassing” sign and does not have water or electricity, so whoever called 911 likely used a cellphone, Burk said. The residence, which is encased by trees and barely visible from the roadway, sits among a small shed, a bus and scraps of wood and metal, Burk said.

A neighbor said a son and a father have lived at the house for “quite some time.”

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 9 a.m.

SAD... Will wait to see if Titleist ghosts past this one..

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titleist10 says... May 19, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.

No discription of the shooter

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.

Updates will come.. And odds are a family member is involved.. *stay tuned.

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mohinder says... May 19, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

Sheriffs need to clean up the Hensley area. Used to be a great community.

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 3:43 p.m.

Now that the photo is out... Yet again.. Lets watch Titleist comments ghost away..

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

Also ODD that Police Failed to state @ the time of first release that Elder was present. Waiting on the other Perp to be caught is simply an afterthought.. Come On Titleist..

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Kharma says... May 19, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

"Reed brandished a firearm, at which point the unidentified person at the residence fired a shot that struck and killed Reed,"

If accurate then this sounds like a righteous shoot to me.

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.

valid point Kharma.. but article clearly states.. Elder, who is being held on a charge of manslaughter, was reportedly involved in the robbery attempt, according to authorities. He was not armed.'

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LRDawg says... May 19, 2017 at 4:18 p.m.

More IDOITS with guns.....lock all of these cowards up!

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Kharma says... May 19, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

And the purportedly Elder was not shot either. Sounds like some sort of felony murder doctrine thingy to me.

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