By Ray King

It’s been just over a week since Pine Bluff Police Detective Kevin Collins was shot and killed when he and other detectives went to a motel on Blake Street to look for a suspect wanted for a murder in Georgia.

The State Police, who are handling the investigation, have identified one suspect but so far, have not said who else might have been involved in the incident. Appearing on the Oldies 101.3 morning show Thursday, Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant said he expected to learn more about the investigation and the possible involvement of others next week.

Sergeant explained that anytime there is an officer involved shooting, or an officer who might be accused of a criminal act, the State Police are asked to conduct the investigation. That is done, he said to provide total transparency to the community.

He was also asked about how members of the department are holding up after the death of Collins.

The Police Department is conducting a recruiting drive to increase the number of officers on the force and Sergeant said that because of everything that happened since the death of Collins, he had not checked to see how that recruiting drive is going.