Police arrest man suspected of Muncie's 1st slaying in 2014

MUNCIE, Ind. - Police have arrested a suspect in the Muncie's first homicide of 2014.

Police Chief Steve Stewart tells The Star Press that officers arrested 25-year-old Joshua Michael Haskins during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon.

Haskins faces a preliminary charge of murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old Gary Wayne Barbour Jr., who was found slain outside an apartment in a public housing project in the eastern Indiana city. He was not listed in online jail records as of Sunday evening.

Stewart says the men were mutual friends of a woman and had a fight in her apartment on the city’s south side before the shooting took place on a rear patio.

Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said Barbour had been shot multiple times.

Muncie is about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Officials said gun violence in the city of 75,000 people is rare.

Officials said Muncie only recorded one homicide last year and an arrest was made in the case.

"Thankfully, one homicide is too many. And I'm going to knock on wood and we don't have any more, ever. That's our goal," Stewart said.

Haskins remains in the Delaware County Jail without bond.

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