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Details emerge on Fatal Shooting

May 5th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports the fatal shooting of a Cumberland man took place in front of his mother and at the hands of another city man with whom he had resided for the past several months at the Jane Frazier Village housing complex, according to court documents. Travon Lee Morris, 20, died Wednesday afternoon of gunshot wounds to the chest and head after being rushed to UPMC Western Maryland and after first aid was administered by bystanders. Minutes later, police arrested the victim’s roommate — 20-year-old Gavin Wayne Huckabay — when he was located in the first block of Wempe Drive after fleeing the scene. Huckabay was taken into custody without incident and charged a short time later with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He remained jailed Thursday in the Allegany County Detention Center at the direction of District Court Judge H. Jack Price, who ordered Huckabay to be jailed without bond, as initially directed by a court commissioner Wednesday evening. Huckabay waived his right to a preliminary hearing when he appeared late Thursday morning before Price during a teleconference hearing. Huckabay is being represented by an attorney from the Office of the Public Defender. Although police have not identified a motive for the shooting, court documents show that Morris and Huckabay were together in their apartment when they “engaged in an altercation.”

The incident remains under investigation by Cumberland Police and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit.

In May 2019, Huckabay was charged as an adult with attempted murder after reportedly stabbing a 39-year-old family member in an incident on Virginia Avenue. The victim was released after emergency room treatment.