According to a press release from the Newport Police Department, on September 5, 2012, at about 10:00 PM, Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to Ashley Drive in Newport in reference to a shooting.

Officers located the victim, who was identified as Melvin Cox, a 28 year old black male from Newport, with a gunshot wound to his right side. Cox was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a Little Rock hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. On September 6, 2012, Timothy Brown, a 35 year old black male from Newport, was arrested in connection with this incident and he is currently being housed in the Jackson County Detention Center. Brown is expected to appear in Newport District Court on Friday September 7. Investigation into this case is continuing at this time.