Commonwealth Journal


June 28, 2014

SPD: Detective’s actions may have prevented further violence

Somerset —

The quick thinking of a nearby detective during an early Friday morning shooting that left prominent defense attorney Mark Stanziano dead may have helped avert further violence.
Evidence uncovered into the ongoing investigation into Stanziano’s murder — allegedly at the hands of Clinton D. Inabnit, 40, who reportedly walked up to Stanziano early Friday morning and fired several shots at him — shows that Inabnitt had more ammunition in his pocket after he shot Stanziano multiple times in front of several witnesses. 
“We did recover more ammunition in Inabnitt’s pockets,” said Capt. Shannon Smith, with Somerset Police Department. 
Inabnit fired seven rounds from a 9mm semi-automatic Taurus pistol at Stanziano. Stanziano was hit multiple times and was pronounced dead at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital at around 9:20 a.m. Friday. 
Smith said it’s impossible to know whether Inabnit was planning on firing the gun more after shooting Stanziano, but he said, no matter what, Det. John Hutchinson’s actions were significant.
“He (Hutchinson) was too far away to ... to have used deadly force or perhaps (tackle) him or anything like that,” said Smith. “But (he) stopped a threat and got the person responsible in custody almost immediately.”
The arrest citation for Inabnit states that the time of violation was 7:59 a.m., and the time of arrest was 8:01 a.m.
Hutchinson was walking to the Fast-Chek Southern Express store Friday morning when the shooting happened. Stanziano was in front of his office, located at 207 West Mt. Vernon Street, when Inabnit walked into the street and fired at Stanziano from around 15 feet away. 
The two men knew each other, and police said Inabnit told investigators he was angry at Stanziano for “laughing at him” the day before when Inabnit approached Stanziano about a problem.
Smith said Stanziano’s family, including his wife Bethany Stanziano, have said Mark Stanziano had been approached by Inabnit repeatedly in the past and Mark Stanziano had offered his help to Inabnitt.

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