Would-be victim exchanges gunfire with teens during attempted robbery

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When police responded to the call about gunfire and an attempted robbery, they found a 17-year-old dead in the high-rise stairwell. (Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

A 17-year-old boy is facing charges following an attempted robbery that went awry inside a Little Rock high-rise apartment last week and left his 17-year-old comrade dead.

Ronterio Claybrook was charged with manslaughter, aggravated robbery and first-degree battery, according to the Little Rock Police Department. He was charged as an adult.

Authorities were called to the apartment building around 5:20 p.m. on reports of gunfire and an attempted robbery. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 17-year-old boy in the stairwell of the high-rise, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Claybrook was also found with a non-life threatening injury. He was transported to the hospital for medical treatment and moved to jail Friday following his release.

An investigation revealed the teens engaged in an exchange of gunfire with the tenant who they were attempting to rob.

The deceased teen’s name was not released, and there were no reports of the tenant being injured.

[ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ]