Arrest made in West End shooting
HUNTINGTON -- Authorities believe a physical dispute between two 19-year-old men ended with a gunshot wound to the chest, killing one and placing the other behind bars.
Investigators charged Dylan N. Stone, 19, with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Garrett Ray Hatten, one of two unrelated homicides late Monday in Huntington.
A criminal complaint said Stone went to Hatten's house at 1005 Jackson Avenue. There the complaint states the two got into an altercation, and Stone pulled out a gun and shot Hatten in the chest.
Jack Saunders, a neighbor who was on the phone with 911 at the time of the shooting, couldn't believe what he saw.
"Oh my God, they pulled out a gun," he later recalled telling 911. "Oh my God, they shot him."
Stone fled the scene, according to the complaint, but witnesses, including Hatten's mother, were able to identify him as the suspect.
Stone was arrested without incident about 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Huntington Police Department news release. It states U.S. Marshals Service C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force members found Stone inside a building at 21st Street and 7th Avenue.
Stone was arraigned by Cabell County Magistrate Darrell Black just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. He was detained without bond at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.
Saunders first noticed Hatten in a dispute with his mother when two vehicles pulled up.
"They jumped him, knocked him down in the street," Saunders said. "When they got him down, one boy reached behind his back, pulled out his gun and pulled the trigger."
Williams estimates the arriving crowd of visitors consisted of five to seven people. An physical altercation ensued followed by a gunshot moments later.
Hatten suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. He initially stood up, walked a few feet and collapsed, according to Saunders and Williams.
"I don't know how he walked that far," Saunders said.
Investigators believe a drug transaction played some involvement in Monday night's altercation, however Williams was unsure as to what extent.
The lieutenant said police believe the assailant left in a maroon sport-utility vehicle, one of two vehicles said to have taken those involved from Hatten's residence. Investigators found the sport-utility vehicle about 5 a.m. Tuesday parked within a mile or so of city limits near Norwood Road, south of the city.
The sport-utility vehicle was one of two automobiles seized as part of the investigation, Williams said. It had not been processed as of midday Tuesday.
Williams acknowledged an earlier disagreement between Hatten and a family member at the Jackson Avenue residence, but said it had no connection to the subsequent homicide.
The lieutenant also said Hatten's death was unrelated to that of Eugene Scott Walmsley, who received a fatal gunshot wound about 90 minutes earlier at 1305 8th Ave. in Huntington.
Hatten lived at the house with his mother, who Saunders said celebrated her birthday Monday. The neighbor also said Hatten and his girlfriend were expecting a child.
Follow reporter Curtis Johnson at Facebook.com/curtisjohnsonHD or on Twitter @curtisjohnsonHD. Shane Arrington and Kristi Murphy also contributed to this report. Find them on Twitter @ArringtonHD and @Kristi_Murphy.
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