ELLICOTT, NY (WNY News Now) – One man is dead and another behind bars as investigators continue to gather evidence following the first homicide of the year in Chautauqua County.
Just after 10 p.m. on Friday night, Town of Ellicott Police were dispatched to a shooting at 2256 Willard Street Extension, just outside the City of Jamestown.
Now, over 48 hours later detectives are still investigating the relationship between suspect and victim.
“When I arrived on scene, our patrol officers were already there, and a Lieutenant from Jamestown was already there,“ explained Town of Ellicott Police Detective Kevin Pierce. “When I got there it was very obvious that there had been a shooting death. The suspect had already been detained, and at that point we just secured the scene.”
18-year-old Tucker Richard is charged with murder, after allegedly shooting and killing 57-year-old Scott Blake.
“It was not a good scene,“ stated Detective Pierce. “There had definitely been a struggle at the house.”
While it’s believed that the two were not related family members, they were living in the same household together.
“It wasn’t random, I don’t think,“ explained Detective Pierce. “But I can’t speak for the past, what has happened there.”
Once investigators obtained a search warrant, forensic teams examined the residence into the early morning hours on Saturday.
“At this time we’re just processing all of the evidence, there was a large amount of evidence collected at the scene,“ stated Detective Pierce. “And just trying to get to the bottom of exactly what happened, and have it go through the court system.”
Tucker Richard, who did not post bail, spent the weekend in Chautauqua County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday in Town of Ellicott Court.