'They're going to shoot and kill your son,' suspect's mom speaks with KATV
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
Some major development in the shooting death of Newport officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford. An attorney representing the 18-year-old who is being held on preliminary charges of capital murder is working to confirm other possible arrests made in this case.
Tyler Calamase’s attorney, Lawrence Walker, is still working to confirm other arrests as rumors in Newport continue to swirl.
On Wednesday, KATV sat down with Calamese's mother, Shanika Reynolds, who said her son is innocent and their family is being threatened if Calamese doesn't take the fall.
Calamese faces a capital murder charge after allegedly shooting and killing Lt. Weatherford on Monday evening. Originally, he was being held at the Jackson County Jail but he was transferred to Craighead County. His attorney telling KATV the sheriff told him it was probably best for everyone if Calamese transferred to a different county, considering the circumstances.
Reynolds said her son is innocent and he's being targeted. She says she's even received threats since her son was arrested claiming that if her son doesn't take the fall, her entire family would be killed.
She added she was the one who took her son to the Newport Police Department on Monday to clear his name, after police showed up to her house.
“I was like 'Bring him to you for what?' 'We want to talk to him' and I was like, 'I don't know where he's at,' and then they was like, 'Well can you get in touch with him?'” said Reynolds. “So I’m not going to say the officer's name, because he doesn't want to be mentioned. He came to me and told me, 'Please, I’m doing this for you, please bring him in....if you want to bring him to me, but if you don't they're going to shoot and kill your son.'"
"What was running through my mind was, 'Did I do the right thing?'” she questioned. “And when he looked at me and I saw the hurt in his eyes, like, 'Mama why did you do this?' that tore me up. That broke my heart because I knew deep down in my heart my son didn't do this."
"It sounds like this may be a case of someone that was wrongly identified as the shooter," said Walker.
“We're still looking into it, but we hear there are a lot of rumors going on about possible other suspects and possible other arrests," he added.
Attorneys representing Calamese tell Channel 7 they don't believe their client has been formally charged with capital murder at this point.
In a statement sent to KATV News, the attorneys say, "Based on our review of the documents available and other information, we do not believe that formal charges have been filed against our client as of this time as previously reported. We mourn with law enforcement for the loss of Lt. Weatherford, who is remembered affectionately by this extended family. We maintain Tyler’s innocence and pray that justice will prevail in finding Lt. Weatherford’s true killer."
As rumors continue in Newport about other possible arrests, KATV attempted to confirm with numerous agencies, but did not hear back. State Police told Channel 7 because of the sealed order requested by the prosecutor’s office, they couldn’t confirm or deny any details of this investigation.