West Memphis police searching for accused killer

Eddie Lee Tribble, Photo: West Memphis Police Department.
Eddie Lee Tribble, Photo: West Memphis Police Department.

(WMC-TV) - The West Memphis Police Department needs the public's help tracking down an accused killer.

Eddie Lee Tribble is on the department's most wanted list. Tribble is wanted for his connection in the shooting death of Devario Smith at the Good Lyfe nighclub.

On May 6, a private vehicle took Smith to Crittenden Regional Hospital where he later died. Tribble is wanted for first degree murder, terroristic act and possession of a firearm. Police say he is armed and dangerous.

Tuesday, a manhunt took police to the home of Tribble's mother.

Action News 5's Nick Kenney found out first-hand that gas grenade remnants still sting.

Debra Triblle could only pace anxiously outside as SWAT teams raided her home. They did not find her son, Eddie, who is wanted for murder.

"I'm not able to go in there. It burns my face," said Debra Tribble. "All my clothes are destroyed. Everything in there is destroyed. I mean, it just a total disaster, and I have nowhere to go."

Tribble says police made a mistake and that her son was not at her home, and that she has not seen him recently.

"We got tips from reliable sources that Eddie Tribble had gone to his mother's house on East Harrison in West Memphis," said West Memphis Police Department Captain Ken Mitchell.

Captain Mitchell says investigators believe Eddie had been in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, but that they missed him by a matter of minutes.

"Obviously, he should be considered armed and dangerous. He has been on the run from us since May the 6th," said Capt. Mitchell.

Debra Tibble just hopes her son is safe.

"I'm going to call the police. I will turn him in if he called me and said, 'Mama, come and go with me to turn myself in, Mama, gonna go with you," said Tribble.

She says she would rather have her son captured than killed.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tribble call Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at 870-732-4444. There is a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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