LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police say he tried to kill his former girlfriend and murdered her brother. After searching for him for two-and-a-half days informer's tips, a landlord's help and a canine officer's sharp nose and sharper bite put a murder suspect in custody.
Normally the 1600 block of South 30th Street is quiet.
"That's why I moved here," said a neighbor, who preferred not to be identified. But Wednesday, she sensed trouble, "Just seeing a lot of undercover cars going up and down the street." The vehicles were a prologue to the capture of Quenton Huddleston, 22.
According to Louisville Metro police Huddleston was wanted for the murder of Joshua Gordon, 19. Officers said Gordon was killed and his 25-year-old sister, who was Huddleston's former girlfriend, suffered a gunshot wound to the face during the shooting in the 5200 block of Shepherdsville Road on June 16.
The woman's 3-year-old son was in the apartment when the shooting happened and was unharmed.
Following the shooting Lt. Sean Jackman, of the Louisville Metro Police VIPER unit said officers began interviewing all of members of Huddleston's extensive family. But the interviews yielded few clues as to where Huddleston might be. But others leads and a friend of a family member, eventually led them to 1600 block of South 30th Street.
"We had gone door-to-door," Lt. Jackman said.
With them in their search was Sampson, a Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd K-9 officer. Then at 12:30 a.m. Thursday Sampson found him.
"The dog immediately went to the basement area, the edge of the crawl space," Lt. Jackman said. That's where Huddleston was curled up.
"He resisted, and we sent the dog to bring him out," LT Jackman said. And Sampson put the bite on Huddleston. "I don't know how many times he was bitten," Lt. Jackman said.
Hours later, a young man checked on the home where Huddleston was found, saying he was securing it for his father.
"Looks like he (Huddleston) broke in," the young man said. "We have some things in there we're trying to protect."
Police said their first priority was to protect Huddleston's former girlfriend, who is still recuperating from a gunshot wound to the face.
Huddleston's record details a number of allegations of domestic violence, including a protective order issued against Huddleston last year.
"He threatened to go to his brother's house, and get his gun to go back to shoot you, your mother, little siblings and son. Is that accurate?" Family Court Judge Patricia Walker Fitzgerald asked at the time.
"The accurate terminology was ‘me and my family,'" the estranged girlfriend answered.
"Her safety, her life was definitely in danger, had we not gotten him and arrested him soon," Lt. Jackman said.
Joshua Gordon's mother, has established a fund to help pay for a memorial. "All I can say is ‘thank you Lord' my son's killer and my daughter's shooter has been caught," Leisa Best-Gordon posted on her Facebook account Thursday morning.
Huddleston was checked over at University of Louisville Hospital before he was booked Louisville Metro Corrections. He is charged with murder, attempted murder, burglary, stalking, two counts of violating an EPO/DVO, wanton endangerment and probation violation.
Huddleston is scheduled to be arraigned June 20.
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