Orrville shooting suspect in custody

Published 10:22 pm Monday, July 1, 2013

ORRVILLE — Authorities found shooting suspect Cedric Butler asleep in bed in an Orrville residence Monday and arrested him on assault charges with no struggle. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said the homeowners who were harboring Butler are being investigated and could possibly be arrested on charges for harboring him through the weekend.

Butler, a black male in his early 20s, is the suspect in a shooting that sent Derrik James, 24, to Vaughan Regional Medical Center with minor injuries Thursday on the 200 block of Dallas County Road 813 in Orrville. Butler allegedly shot James in his side following a verbal altercation several weeks prior that continued to escalate.

Witnesses told authorities there was a get together with James in which Butler was uninvited. Thursday, Butler allegedly went to James’s residence, put a handgun to James’ side and shot him.

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“We had information that he was in a house in Orrville at 12:30 a.m. [Monday] morning,” Sgt. Mike Granthum with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said. “Patrol deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department had information and permission to enter the house, and found him asleep in the bedroom,” where they arrested him without a struggle or incident.

Butler was charged with assault 1st and issued a $250,000 bond. During his first court appearance Monday, District Judge Bob Armstrong increased his bond to $500,000. Butler refused to talk to investigators and said he needed an attorney.

Granthum said charges are being looked into for the homeowners where Butler was found.

“There may be some charges brought against the homeowners if proven they knew he was wanted and they still were harboring him,” Granthum said. “But more information is being gathered now and they could possibly be charged.”