No answers in Huntington gun death

April 2, 2019

Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a man on Riverside Drive in Huntington.

Brandon Lee Olivares, 18, was killed Friday by a single gunshot to the chest, and his death has been ruled a homicide.

“At this point, we’re still determining whether it was accidental,” Huntington County Coroner Philip Zahm said Monday.

Police were called around 5 p.m. Friday to a home in the 200 block of Riverside Drive and found Olivares bleeding from the wound. Zahm said there were several people in the trailer at the time of the shooting, and interviews with witnesses will be conducted this week.

No one has been charged in the death, and Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison said she is waiting for police to complete their investigation.

“At this time all parties involved have been identified and interviewed,” Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker said in a statement. “This case is still under investigation by the Huntington Police Department.”

Olivares’ death is the first homicide this year in Huntington County.

It is the first since March 2018, when a 2-month-old girl was killed after being shaken and thrown. Kevin Neal Tucker, 39, the girl’s father, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Ryan Richison, 28, was charged with murder after police say he stabbed a Markle man to death at a New Year’s Eve party last year. That case is pending in Huntington Circuit Court.

Homicide refers to death at the hands of another. Criminal charges such as murder and manslaughter reference intent.