Crime & Courts

Wichita man arrested on drug charge after fatal shooting, police say

A 26-year-old Wichita man has been arrested on a methamphetamine charge following the investigation into a fatal shooting Friday morning in southeast Wichita, the Wichita Police Department said.

According to the police department, Dalton Patterson and 40-year-old Charles Cunningham got into a fight and Patterson fired a shot that killed Cunningham. Police said Cunningham and his 42-year-old brother went to a home in the 4400 block of East Bayley as part of an “ongoing dispute.”

“At the residence, Cunningham physically attacked Patterson and Patterson fired a shot that struck Cunningham, killing him,” police said.

Officers responded at around 4 a.m. and found shell casings and two handguns. Officer Charley Davidson said Cunningham was taken by private vehicle to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Patterson was arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell.

Michael Stavola covers breaking news at The Wichita Eagle. He’s won a national and several state awards during his five years of working at newspapers in Kansas. He plans to finish his MBA at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Michael likes to exercise, hunt and spend time with his wife and their dog, Marley.