Arrest Made in Murder of Salvation Army Major

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Authorities in Arkansas have arrested a teenager for the death of a Salvation Army major.

North Little Rock police believe 19-year-old Laquan Jaravis Fitzpatrick gunned down Major Major Philip Wise on Christmas Eve. It happened in front of his three young children outside his office.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Terry Kuykendall says Fitzpatrick had long been the suspect in the case.

Authorities say robbery was the motive.

"I'm just elated, ecstatic," Salvation Army Major Cindy Wise, Philip's widow, told Arkansas News. "They (the police) called me around 1:15 p.m. to let me know. I've been waiting on this day every day since Phil …"

She described her spouse as a "humble man" and a loving husband, father and pastor.

Philip Wise had worked for the Salvation Army for three years in a low-income neighborhood troubled by gangs and drugs. He ran youth programs, a food pantry and oversaw church services.

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