Area shooting suspect arrested

First Posted: 5/23/2009

A Flat Rock man wanted in connection with a Thursday shooting in Mount Airy is in custody today, after Frederick, Md., authorities found him staying at a relatives house there.
Oliver Coleman King, 25, Mount Airy, had been sought by police since a Thursday night shooting in which Byron Green, 32, of 141 Eleanor Ave., Mount Airy, was struck in the left hip by a single gunshot.
King was apprehended Friday night, Atkinson said, because of what he called Real good detective work on the part of our officers and the (North Carolina) SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) being in touch with the people in Maryland.
The sheriff said local investigators learned Kings brother rented a house in Frederick with some other people, and police in that city began a surveillance operation there and eventually saw King, then took him into custody without any further incident.
He has been charged and hes being held there, Atkinson said. Well get started on extradition first thing next week, unless he decides to waive.
The shooting, Atkinson said, grew out of an ongoing dispute between the two men. Thursday that dispute turned violent when King drove by Greens house, then came back a few minutes later.
He stopped, got out of the car and there was an altercation, Atkinson said Friday. That altercation led to a shooting.
The sheriff said King has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and attempted first-degree murder, all felonies.
He said Green, as far as he knew, was still hospitalized at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, but hospital officials had not released an update on his condition.
Contact John Peters at [email protected] or at 719-1931.

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