By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair is credited with taking a wanted fugitive off the streets last week and now has turned his attention to a recent shooting that occurred in the city that left one man injured, and is now the basis of a search for the alleged shooter who remains at-large.
Tamaro DeShaun Tate, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a wanted fugitive from that state on a capias warrant issued for a parole violation. When the man was detained for questioning by Chief Blair, who had been dispatched to an apartment on Pike Street for a disturbance in progress, Mingo 911 dispatchers quickly alerted the chief that Tate was wanted and was considered to be “armed and dangerous.” Dispatchers sent additional officers to the scene as backup, but the defendant was taken into custody without incident.
According to Tate’s criminal history, he has been convicted of crimes that include multiple drug trafficking offenses, drug possession, being in possession of criminal tools, defacing the identifying markings on a firearm, possessing weapons while under felony indictment and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Tate was arraigned in Mingo County Circuit Court and waived his extradition rights before being remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail, where he will remain until he is taken back to Cleveland to face the charges against him.
Blair had just made this arrest when he was called to investigate a shooting that occurred at the Williamson Terrace apartments on Vinson Street.
According to the chief, Matthew Parks, of Williamson, was shot once in the leg by an individual who has been identified as Eric “E” Yates, also of Cleveland, (Yates and Tate are acquaintances), who fled from the scene and has now alsobeen identified as a fugitive from justice from his home state. Eyewitnesses told officers that they heard multiple shots fired but Parks only suffered one gunshot wound.
Although the details surrounding the shooting remain sketchy, they are believed to be drug-related. Parks has since been released from Appalachian Regional Hospital, where he was taken by a private vehicle following the shooting.
Blair said a search warrant was obtained for the apartment belonging to Carolyn Rene Dillard, which is where police believe the altercation began.
“We believe the shooting occurred behind this apartment,” the chief said. “I think that Parks ran inside her residence. We know this apartment had some connection with the altercation and shooting of Parks.
“When the officers executed the search, they discovered crack cocaine and marijuana, and luggage containing drying marijuana leaves,” Blair said. “They also found plastic baggies and other items known to be used in the packaging and delivery of drugs.
Dillard allegedly admitted to police that he purchased the marijuana and allowed her friends to smoke it inside her residence. She was arrested and charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver.
Dillard was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom, who set the defendant’s bail at $100,000. The bail was later reduced to $25,000 during a recent court appearance.
Blair is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the whereabouts of Yates, who, according to police in Cleveland, has “violent tendencies” and has been arrested in the past on charges of felonious assault, drug trafficking and other charges.
If you have seen Yates or know where he is residing, police asd that you contact the Williamson Police Department at 304-235-2570. You are not required to give your name.Police officers are only interested in your information.