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Third suspect jailed in shootout

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a Feb. 27, rush-hour shootout that sent witnesses scrambling in the city's Fairfield neighborhood.

Authorities identified the most recent arrestee as Emmanuel "Manny" Lopez. The 20-year-old was charged with felony wanton endangerment, along with counts of fleeing on foot and drug possession, according to jail records and Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

Officers spotted a man matching Lopez's description with a gun about 6:40 p.m. Sunday as they worked patrol at Marcum Terrace, an apartment complex near Olive Street in East Huntington. The man promptly ran from the officers and hid behind a bush.

One of the chasing officers then fired his weapon when the man jumped out from behind the bush. The suspect never fired his weapon, nor was he struck by the officer's bullet, Williams said.

Lopez remained in custody Monday evening at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Bond was $70,000.

The Feb. 27 exchange of gunfire happened in Huntington's 1000 block of 20th Street. Others charged were Lopez's driver, Chrysilla Rose Gundy, 19, and her ex-boyfriend, Lavonta Dejuan Burrell.

Court documents charging the co-defendants state Burrell fired shots at a northbound vehicle driven by Gundy with Lopez inside. Gundy had told police Burrell called her cellphone earlier that day before texting her a photo of a bullet, which he said "had her name on it," according to one of the charging documents.

Gundy reacted to Burrell's gunshots by stopping her Jeep Cherokee, allowing her passenger to exit and return fire. She then drove away and dropped off her passenger as police arrived, the documents state.

The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. during rush-hour traffic. Criminal complaints cite area surveillance cameras showing the shooting forced occupants in six nearby vehicles to evade gunfire.

"Looking at the video, there were 10 cars at least in the area with people in them," he said. "It's just a wonder people didn't get hit in the crossfire."

Williams described the shootout as stemming from a domestic dispute between the parties. He deferred to the court system when asked about a potential claim of self-defense from Lopez and Gundy, saying some details of the investigation have not been released and that anybody acting in self-defense still has a responsibility to innocent bystanders.

Burrell and Gundy were arrested at earlier dates.

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