by Dewey Terrill ~ Junction City Post
JUNCTION CITY – Police are reporting the arrest of 33-year-old Sterling D. Hickman, of Junction City on suspicion of murder in the first degree and aggravated battery. The arrest stemmed from an early Saturday morning shooting outside the National Guard Armory at 500 Airport Road in Junction City.
Hickman is being held without bond pending a first appearance in Geary County District Court Monday.
Police have confirmed Antonio Maxwell, 25, of Junction City died from a gunshot that hit him in the neck. Jamaica L. Chism, 30, of Junction City was wounded in the stomach area in the shooting and has been listed in critical condition at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The shootings were reported to police at 3:51 a.m. Saturday. They followed an early morning event at the Armory that Police Chief Tim Brown stated had been scheduled from midnight until 3 a.m. When authorities arrived on scene he estimated that there were 75 to 100 people in the parking lot.
Brown said authorities believe a disturbance that occurred is what led to the shooting. “It was a fight.” He noted police do not know what caused the fight, and added they do not have a good motive. But Brown said they do think alcohol was involved. “Even though there is not supposed to be any alcohol at the Armory we found a multitude of containers in the dumpster there that indicated that there was alcohol being served at this event. There’s not supposed to be any alcohol in the Armory according to their guidelines.” The police chief confirmed one male subject, whom he did not identify, had rented the Armory for the event.
Brown confirmed Hickman came into the Junction City Police Department early Saturday afternoon.