Commonwealth Journal


June 27, 2014

Eyewitness: Stanziano ‘never had a chance’

Somerset —

What began as a normal morning in a sleepy little town erupted into the unfathomable on Friday.
At around 8 a.m., Kyle Cook, a City of Somerset Parks and Recreation worker, was on his way to his job at the Somerset Cemetery when he had to stop his truck on West Mt. Vernon Street.
“I saw this guy just walk right into the road, to the yellow line,” Cook said. “We had to stop.”
What happened next sent shockwaves through Cook.
“I glanced over and saw (Somerset attorney Mark) Stanziano walking toward his office,” Cook said. “Then I saw the guy in the road lift his arm ... it was then I noticed the gun. He shot (Stanziano) six or seven times. Then he turned and looked at us.”
Cook said at that point, he threw the truck in reverse and “got the hell out of there.”
The alleged shooter, Clinton David Inabnitt, 40, lived directly across the street from Stanziano’s office.
Det. John Hutchinson of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department wasn’t just a witness — he actually detained the suspect.
“I was walking over to the store that morning when I got to work ... to get a breakfast sandwich or something,” said Hutchinson. “I heard the gunshots. I saw the guy shooting Mark.
“I took cover. I had my gun, and I ordered (the suspect) to drop his weapon, which he did,” continued the detective. “I ordered him to cross the street and get on the ground, then I cuffed him and made sure he didn’t have any other weapons, then I did what I could for Mark.”
As a sheriff’s detective, such harrowing scenes aren’t necessarily unfamiliar to Hutchinson, but he’s not usually present when an untimely death actually takes place, meaning Friday morning’s events were a shock even to him.

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