Syracuse police charge Liverpool standoff suspect with Shonnard Street murder

The standoff scene in Liverpool Wednesday night.

Syracuse Police have announced the arrest of a Syracuse man in connection with a murder on Tuesday night and a standoff Wednesday evening.

29-year-old Sean Hunter of Syracuse faces charges of second degree murder and second degree criminal possession of a weapon for the shooting death of 22-year-old Lavon Spaights, also of Syracuse. Police say Hunter was involved in the standoff on Roosevelt Avenue in Liverpool which blocked off Route 370 for several hours on Wednesday.

Police tell CNY Central reporter Brandon Roth that the situation began Tuesday when Spaights had reportedly gotten into an argument with his girlfriend on Shonnard Street in Syracuse. Police say the girlfriend wanted Spaights to leave her house, but he would not do so. She called her cousin, who arrived with three friends. One of the friends was Hunter.

Police say an argument ensued, and Hunter shot Spaights. Spaights was able to get away, and made it to the Midway Express market on West Onondaga Street, where police were called. Spaights later died at a local hospital.

Police identified Hunter based on interviews with numerous witnesses, which led them to Roosevelt Avenue in Liverpool. That's when the standoff started Wednesday afternoon after Hunter reportedly barricaded himself inside the home and a SWAT team was called in. The standoff ended peacefully later that night when Hunter surrendered and was taken into custody.

A portion of Route 370, from Parker Avenue to North Lincoln Avenue, was closed as the situation unfolded. Neighbors living on either side of the home were evacuated.

Police say Spaights's shooting was not gang-related, but Hunter has gang affiliations

Police also say Hunter was the victim of a shooting on Hope Avenue back on December 14. He was shot in the head.