Janet Barber

Grove Sun

LEACH - A shooting in southern Delaware County Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Cherokee County man.

At approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Delaware County received a call regarding a shooting in the Leach/ Kenwood area of Delaware County.

Jesse Darrell Gritts, 27, was taken into custody by Cherokee County officials. He was later transported to the Delaware County jail.

Officers with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and emergency medical services responded to a call from help from a residence located North of Hwy. 412 and 540 road in southern Delaware County.

At the scene, investigators discovered Dustin Logan Trimble, 20, suffering from a gunshot wound. Trimble sustained injuries to his upper torso. He was life-lighted by EagleMed to the Fayetteville, AR hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition in intensive care, according to hospital officials.

Area officials were asked to be on the lookout for the suspect’s vehicle, identified as a Chevy pickup, and believed to be heading toward Cherokee County in the Tahlequah area.

Cherokee County officers subsequently detained the suspect.

Authorities were informed that Gritts is a business partner of the victim and the two men had a disagreement that might have been a possible reason behind the shooting.

Anticipated charges against Gritts could include shooting with intent to kill and possession of a police radio while in the commission of a felony.

The matter is still under investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and assisted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.