Man Arrested in Connection to May Shooting

Published 06/16 2014 12:48AM

Updated 06/16 2014 10:42AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --Springfield Police say they've arrested a man in connection with a shooting that happened May 18th on West Lombard.

Chance W. Parker, 25, is being held in the Greene County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond on charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to online court records.

According to comments by Springfield Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox at the time of the shooting, Parker was wanted in connection with the shooting of 27-year-old Brian Letterman, who was rushed to the hospital after the shooting in the 1400 block of Lombard St.

Police said a man in a red Dodge pickup and Letterman, who was on a scooter, were arguing. The man in the truck pulled out a shotgun and fired at Letterman, then fled the scene. There were no license plates on the vehicle. Police believed Parker may have been the shooter, Cox said.

"The truck was in the alley and the subject that was shot was on a scooter and there was a verbal argument, the victim threw the scooter down and there was an argument between the two," Lt. Todd Revell with the Springfield Police Department says. "They were never close enough to have a physical altercation but then the shots were fired from the alley and struck him on the street."

According to a probable cause statement, Letterman told investigators that Parker had tried to run over him and then stuck a gun out of the pickup truck and fired, striking him in the face and chest.

Injuries included shotgun pellets in the upper torso and face and a pellet in his eye, likely to cause reduced vision, the statement said. Letterman was hospitalized in neuro trauma intensive care for about a week.

Parker is a convicted felon from earlier cases in Greene and Dallas County, according to the probable cause statement.

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