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Huntington Shooting Victim Dies In Hospital; Suspect In Custody

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Darrah Wilcox, Mamie Buoy
Reported: Dec. 17, 2013 5:48 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 19, 2013 9:05 AM EST

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Huntington Shooting Investigation
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Huntington police say a man who was shot during a fight at a home in Huntington has died.

Police say they responded to a shooting at a home on 27th Street around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Once they got on the scene, they found 44-year-old Robert Crutcher in an upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Police say the suspect 25-year-old James Johnson, of Michigan, ran from the scene. He was found a short time later after he went to Cabell Huntington Hospital for a head injury.

Police say Johnson and a group of men were in a an upstairs bedroom of the home when a fight broke out. Crutcher stepped in and told Johnson to leave and that's when Johnson is accused of shooting Crutcher. We are told several people in the room wrestled the gun from Johnson after the shooting and then he took off running. We are told Crutcher's son was inside the room when the fight originally broke out.

Johnson will be charged with one count of murder when is released from the hospital. He is also wanted in Michigan on unrelated weapons charge.




Huntington police are at the scene of a reported shooting.

The incident was reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Highlawn area. An emergency dispatcher said the initial call to 911 indicated a suspect reportedly came to the door of the residence, asked for someone who wasn’t there and an argument began over money with the man who answered the door. The man who answered the door was reportedly shot in the doorway. Eyewitness News has learned that man has been taken to the hospital.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.



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