Man Dies from East Huntington Shooting; Michigan Suspect Charged with Murder

Updated 6 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

An East Huntington man has died of a gunshot wound after an altercation inside #36 27th Street on Tuesday afternoon Dec. 17 shortly after 5 p.m. Robert Crutcher, 44, died at St. Mary's Hospital. Crutcher had apparently intervened in an argument involving several men in an upstairs bedroom. One of those involved in the dispute was his son.

James Lee Johnson, 25, from Michigan has been charged with murder. Johnson suffered head injuries and was taken into custody following treatment at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

According to Huntington Police Department Lt. John Williams, the victim appears to have stepped in to ask the suspect to leave the property when the suspect pulled a pistol and shot him.

Although the investigation is on-going, Williams said that the men wrestled the gun away from the suspect, who then fled the home.

Details have not been released regarding the reason for the altercation nor have the identities of the other men.

Johnson is wanted in Michigan on a weapons charge and had previously been arrested by the Huntington Police Department.



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