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Arrests made over weekend in gun crimes

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-DispatchMay 21, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Three people were arrested over the weekend in connection with firearm-related cases in the city of Huntington after several reported shootings.

Tyler Scott Brumfield, 22, and Syennache Emmerald Bunting, 24, were jailed at 6:35 a.m. Sunday. In a separate case, Scott Edmund Graham, 41, was jailed at 6:20 a.m. Monday. All three were charged with wanton endangerment. Graham was also charged with grand larceny and domestic assault.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, Brumfield and Bunting assisted in firing 31 rounds into a home in the 3500 block of 5th Avenue in Guyandotte, almost striking four individuals.

One victim received minor injuries after material from a nearby air conditioning unit struck her, according to Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial.

An unrelated shooting was also reported Saturday evening in the 2700 block of Guyan Avenue. Dial said in the Guyan Avenue case, two groups of people exchanged gunfire, striking two vehicles around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. No victims were found and no arrests have been made in that case, but the department is continuing to investigate, Dial said.

Another shooting had been reported Saturday evening in the 200 block of Marcum Terrace, but Dial said police found that report to be unfounded after interviewing witnesses in the area.

A separate criminal complaint in an unrelated case states Graham forced the way into a home May 12 in the 1000 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington and pointed a pistol at a woman, whom he threatened to kill.

The victim said Graham had arrived at the home and demanded money. When the victim refused, he forced the front door open and pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at the woman, threatening to kill her. He then allegedly fled the area.

Dial said the uptick in reported shootings recently was concerning, but said Huntington police continue to respond and investigate each crime strongly.

“The level of crime in Huntington, although improving, is still too high and nowhere near our goal,” he said. “That’s why we have expanded our violent crime initiative and strengthened our partnerships with ATF and DEA. In the near future we will be announcing partnerships with homeland security, which will provide us with even more resources to reduce the drug trade, and thus violent crime, in the Huntington area. Our patrol officers are at the forefront of that battle.”

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