3 charged in Academy shooting SMALLLLLLThree men face charges in connection to the shooting incident in the parking lot of Academy Sports + Outdoors on Interstate 30. One person was struck in the incident and remains in a local hospital with serious, but not life threatening injury.

About 2:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Benton officers responded to the parking lot for a report of shots fired, but the suspects had fled the area before their arrival in a black Camaro and white GMC double-cab truck. Both vehicles were later located and the four involved in the shooting incident were also located. The three men taken into custody are:

  • LeBarron Tyquez Stewart, 20, of Benton faces a class B felony charge of 1st degree Battery;
  • Chad Dylan Lane, 21, of Benton faces a class B felony charge of 1st degree Battery;
  • Rashaad Edwin Earls, 22, of Little Rock faces a class D felony charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence, misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), and misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

The fourth person involved in the shooting remains in a local hospital. The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.  Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip.  A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play.  

Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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Suspect Vehicles at Academy Sports