On Saturday. October 24, 2020 at approximately 10:05 a.m., Hot Springs Police Department officers responded to 333 Prospect Ave., Apt. #4 in reference to a shooting. Officers located Justin Ryan Watson, 37, of Royal, AR, suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a potentially life threatening injury. At this time, Watson remains in critical condition.
During the course of the investigation, Tathan Devontay Smith, 19, of Hot Springs, AR, was developed as a suspect. A warrant was subsequently issued for Battery in the 1st Degree. On 10/24/20 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Smith was arrested pursuant to the warrant and was transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
If anyone has any additional information in reference to this incident, please contact Detective Joey Vanderburg (501-321-6789 ext. 7709).