Lancaster man shoots, kills uncle after argument

Credit: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting.

On Sunday, Feb. 25, deputies were dispatched to 144 Terrace Road in Lancaster around 4:45 p.m. for an assault.

Upon arrival, deputies found the homeowner, Eric Tucker, 54, with an apparent gunshot wound. He was treated at the scene by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services and then taken to Springs Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to witnesses interviewed by the Sheriff’s Department, several family members and friends were gathered at the home which belongs to Eric Tucker, age 54. Tucker’s nephew, Tavares Martese Brown, 27, was there playing cards and drinking with the rest of the family.

The witnesses say Tucker argued with several people that night, including Brown, inside of the home. Brown and some others walked outside, followed by Tucker. The argument continued outside until Tucker walked back into the house. He returned with a knife and approached Brown.

Brown then went to his truck and pulled out a .38 caliber revolver. Tucker approached Brown with the knife, and Brown fired two shots, one of which hit Tucker.

Deputies recovered the knife and the revolver at the scene.

After an interview, Brown was arrested and taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center. He has been charged with carrying a pistol, but he has not been charged in connection to Tucker’s death. Bond was set at $10,000.

“We are continuing to investigate this case but do not at this time have sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Brown for the shooting death of Mr. Tucker,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “If we uncover additional facts contrary to what we know now, we will reevaluate our position concerning charges for Mr. Brown. This was a tragic incident among relatives and friends at what should have been a happy gathering. Our condolences are extended to Mr. Tucker’s family.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.