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Hearing set on shootout

February 04, 1998

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two men involved in a Jan. 8 shooting in Chambersburg is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.

The other died Monday of what state police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lucas Ismond, 38, of 141 Greenmeadow Drive, Chambersburg, was being held in Franklin County Prison on $500,000 bond. He was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license.

Roy Morris, 27, of Chambersburg, died at 1 p.m. Monday in York (Pa.) Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor. State police said he was found Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head at a self-storage business on Chickentown Road in Fayetteville, Pa.

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The report said Morris shot himself between 4 p.m. and about 5:30 p.m., when he was discovered.

Chambersburg Police Chief Michael DeFrank confirmed Monday evening that the man was the same person wounded in a shootout last month at 61 W. South St.

Ismond was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter on Jan. 28, according to Chambersburg police Detective Diane Kelso. She said Morris had not been charged at the time of his death.

Ismond and Morris were at the house on the evening of Jan. 8 when a verbal altercation escalated into a gunfight between the two men, according to borough police records. Both men were injured and taken to Hershey Medical Center.

Morris was released from the hospital on Jan. 14. Ismond, who was originally listed in critical condition after the shooting, was transferred to the county prison on the day of his arraignment, according to a prison spokeswoman.

Kelso said there were at least 14 people in the house when the shooting occurred. Following the interviews of witnesses she said, "We have a pretty good idea of what happened in there."

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