CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man who was fatally shot during an alleged robbery at his West Side apartment on Monday wanted to open a restaurant and kept a locked safe in his home filled with cash, his brother said.
One of two men believed to be involved in the deadly shooting was arrested late Monday night. Police believe the other may still be in the area.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, police responded to a shooting at 403 Piccadilly St. just after 1:40 p.m. and found Roy Chambliss, 40, dead of apparent gunshot wounds to the chest, and Natalie Sprouse, 20, his roommate, wounded with a gunshot to the arm.
According to the criminal complaint, Sprouse told police that Daniel Okieth Little and Jarod Edward Washington, both 29, of Charleston, came to the house Sunday night to try to sell two guns, but were told Chambliss and Sprouse didn't have any money. The men came back about 1 p.m. Monday to try to sell the guns again.
After again being told they weren't buying the guns, Washington went into the bathroom, the complaint says. When he came back, he allegedly had a gun pointed at Sprouse. Little then pulled another gun and ordered Sprouse, Chambliss and another man, John Endicott, into the bedroom and ordered Sprouse to open the safe, according to the criminal complaint.
Sprouse told police a fight ensued, and Little allegedly shot Chambliss, the criminal complaint says. Washington then allegedly opened fire, hitting Sprouse in the arm and also shooting at Chambliss.
The suspects fled in Sprouse's white Ford Expedition.
At about 10 p.m. Monday, West Virginia State Police troopers went to the Red Roof Inn near Winfield after receiving a tip that Little might be at the hotel. Troopers arrested Little without incident in Room 213 and he was charged with first-degree murder and robbery.
No weapon was recovered, said Trooper Natalie Moncayo of the State Police detachment in Winfield.
Police are still looking for Washington and have filed warrants for first-degree murder and robbery against him. Police are not sure what vehicle Washington is driving, but he's believed to still be nearby, Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said Tuesday.
Little was being held without bail in Western Regional Jail Tuesday evening awaiting transfer to South Central Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19.
Dennile Chambliss said Roy Chambliss, his older brother, had moved to Charleston from Jacksonville, Fla., less than a year ago. He wanted to find a construction job and began pouring concrete for home foundations, he said.