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Details emerge in February shooting of Camden man

March 24, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

A Camden man charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a certain person and committing a terroristic act and has been given a $1 million bond, according to documents from the Ouachita County District Court.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2:17 a.m., the Camden Police Department dispatched officers to an apartment located in the Riverside Courts housing complex.

Police met a man and woman inside an apartment, later identifying the man, who had suffered a single gunshot wound, as Roddrick Crowell, who identified Nikco Freeman as the shooter.

Detectives later met with the woman who stated that Freeman came to the apartment to purchase marijuana from Crowell and that Freeman purchased a gram from Crowell. The witness also stated that Freeman asked for a cigar, which Crowell provided "just to get him to go away." Freeman then allegedly shot Crowell.

Crowell was transported by ambulance to the Ouachita County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Freeman and he was arrested without incident that morning.

According to court records, Freeman's arrest signified a parole violation. He was on parole for previous convictions including first-degree criminal mischief, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, possession with purpose to deliver meth, firearm possession and other charges.

On July 24, 2017 Freeman pleaded guilty to multiple felony offenses. The affidavit states these convictions would prohibit Freeman from possessing a firearm.

Freeman is currently housed in the Ouachita River Correctional Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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