Suspect charged in Clearfield County deadly shooting

Morrisdale, Clearfield County, Pa. - A Clearfield County man is behind bars Wednesday, charged with homicide in the deadly shooting on Monday night. Police have charged Dustin Thomas, 27, of Hawk Run with the death of Brett Bamat. 

According to court paperwork Thomas and Bamat knew each other. On Monday night around 8:30 p.m. an argument escalated and ended with shots fired. 

Police say the incident  on took place at Bamat's sister-in-law's home on Bass Lane, Morris Township.  When the two were told to leave, Thomas and Bamat starting arguing, then went out side.
When outside, police said they began to physically fight. An eyewitness said she walked inside and that's when she heard a gunshot. 

Police say Thomas fled the scene and a few hours later police found him at his home in Hawk Run, where he was taken into custody. 

"It's my understanding he was uncooperative but they were ultimately able to take him into custody without incident which I think speaks volumes of the professionalism of the state police," says District Attorney Bill Shaw.

Police say Thomas admitted they were drinking alcohol earlier in the night. However, District Attorney Shaw says they're trying to figure out if alcohol was actually a factor in this case. 

"We're taking a close look at that- and the alcohol because the B.A.C levels. That alcohol was determined to be some five hours after the fact, so that's something we have to take a close look at. We're working on those hyper technical details right now," adds Shaw.  

In addition to homicide charges, Thomas is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He is currently being held without bail at the Clearfield County Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for November 8th. 

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