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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have arrested a Middletown man who was wanted for the murder of 25-year-old Tylon Hardy, killed in the area of Stirling Court on May 16.
Police said 20-year-old Matthew O’Banner of Middletown was charged with murder, assault in the first degree, carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and commission of an A, B, or C Felony with a firearm.
U.S. Marshals working in conjunction with the Middletown Detective Division were able to take O’Banner into custody at a residence in New Jersey, according to police.
O’Banner was held as a fugitive from justice on a $2 million bond awaiting extradition.
On May 16, a man was shot and killed, and a 17-year-old boy was injured after a shooting in the area of Highland Crescent and Stirling Court Sunday morning.
Police said officers were called to a report of an altercation in the area just before 11 a.m. The scene was in the parking lot next to a ball field and playground.
Upon arrival, offices learned that an adult male was killed in a shooting and that a 17-year-old boy was injured. The 17-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where he is in stable condition.
The man killed was identified as 25-year-old Tylon Hardy of Middletown.
Police said the parties involved appear to know one another. Police said there is no known threat to the public.
One thing that was very difficult was that the person died in the parking lot in full view of everyone in the area. It was very upsetting for the children and young people in the area.
Emeley Fumieo of Middletown said, “Shots everyone screaming and panicking, it’s all I was hearing. That’s all I heard because I’m down here, but I used to play up there when I was little with my friends, it’s just crazy!”
Middletown local Marvin Hill said, “It’s just crazy man, it’s saddening and heartbreaking, heartbreaking! It’s a nice area, it is a beautiful Sunday morning, 11 o’clock. The shots ran out in this parking lot right next to a park a baseball field and a playground. People in the area say it is such a surprise, it’s really nice and they couldn’t believe it when they hurt shots rang out next to the slides.”
Detectives are no longer looking to speak to the driver of a white 2017 Acura ILX with the license plate CT BB42726, which was seen leaving the scene.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detective Stroud of the Middletown Police Department Detective Division at (860) 638-4147.