Deputies Arrest Miller County Suspect in Shooting on Line Ferry Road

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Chris Basham, 34, or Texarkana was arrested and booked into the Miller County Detention Center on a charge of Battery 1 st degree, a Class B Felony. Basham is accused of shooting Donald Hayworth Jr., 38, of Miller County on Line Ferry earlier today.

Press Release:

On Thursday, December 9 shortly after 1pm, Miller County Deputies were dispatched to a
residence in the 7900 block of Line Ferry Road in Miller County in reference to a shooting just
occurred. Upon arrival, Deputies found Donald R. Hayworth Jr. W/M 38, of Miller County
suffering from an apparent gunshot would to the torso. Deputies secured the scene and assisted
EMS who had been dispatched to the scene.

Based on preliminary information obtained from witnesses, Hayworth had been involved in a
verbal dispute with Chris A. Basham, W/M 34 of Texarkana. During the dispute, at which time
Haworth was allegedly armed with a bat, Basham, who was apparently armed with a shotgun,
fired the weapon striking Hayworth in the torso. Basham had left the scene prior to MCSO
arrival on Line Ferry Road.

Life Net transported Haworth to St. Michael Hospital where he underwent surgery for the
injuries sustained.

Basham spoke with Miller County CID by telephone and agreed to meet with investigators at
the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. A weapon believed to have been involved in the incident
was recovered.

Based on evidence and information obtained, Basham was arrested and booked
into the Miller County Detention Center on a charge of Battery 1 st degree, a Class B Felony.
Basham is currently being held without bond pending his 1 st Judicial Appearance.

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