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Homicide suspect killed in shootout with law enforcement

Ricardo Tenorio (Source: SCSO) Ricardo Tenorio (Source: SCSO)
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Scene at Days Inn (Source: WMC Action News 5) Scene at Days Inn (Source: WMC Action News 5)

A homicide suspect was shot and killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in West Memphis, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said SCSO and West Memphis Police Department tracked Ricardo Tenorio down at the Days Inn on Ingram Boulevard.

SCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Dunbar said the department received information that Tenorio was at the hotel and went to retrieve him.

Dunbar said West Memphis Police Department secured the area around 3 a.m. Friday and asked Tenorio to surrender, but he refused.

One witness, who did not want to be identified, said officers tried to get Tenorio to come out.

"They asked him to come out of the room," the witness said. "They asked him to come out several times and he refused to."

Eventually Tenorio did come out, but he did not come out peacefully.

"He came out and initiated a gun battle with officers, and it did not turn out well for him," Dunbar said.

Dunbar stressed that Tenorio initiated the gun battle outside a hotel room. He added that investigators evacuated the other guests before attempting to contact Tenorio.

"He [Tenorio] did fire the first shot, and then it was rapid fire after that," the witness said.

A witness said he heard 10 gun shots.

"We've dealt with him in the past," Dunbar added. "We've been looking for him...and he's made known that he was not going to come in peacefully."

Dunbar said based on Tenorio's actions Thursday, they were not taking any chances.

"He proved he was violent yesterday. When the officers approached him to detain him, to question him, he threatened the officers," Dunbar said. "We figured out at that time he was not going to go peacefully."

Deputies were serving a warrant on Wells Station Road when the suspect tried to escape Thursday.

SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said Tenorio got into a white van with a woman and tried to run over a deputy. That’s when a deputy opened fire.

The white van he was driving was stolen.

It’s not clear if either person in the van was hit in the shooting.

“I don't think he was in the wrong. I think the sheriff's deputy has to protect himself,” neighbor Clara Moore said.

Farrell said Tenorio had 11 outstanding warrants. Detectives were outside the home to question Tenorio about a murder.

“I heard the gunshots and I saw dude in the car and take off down the street,” neighbor Justin Dees said.

The van Tenorio was driving was stolen from Bartlett. Neighbors said they have seen Tenorio in a white van at his listed address.

Tenorio’s other warrants include violation of parole, car burglary, theft charges, evading arrest, drug charges, and more.

Deputies said the home the incident occurred at may belong to Tenorio’s family member.

Dunbar said West Memphis Police Department and Arkansas officials are handling the investigation at this time.

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