Court documents: Ithaca Walmart suspect admitted he shot and ran down his victim

ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Tompkins County man admitted to police that he shot and ran over a UPS worker in a Walmart parking lot early Thursday morning, according to court documents.

Justin Barkley, 38, was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting 52-year-old William Schumacher.

According to court documents, Barkley said he drove to the store parking lot around 10:36 p.m., armed with a .30-06 caliber rifle.

Police were called to the scene at Walmart around 12:52 a.m., where they found Schumacher dead.

He also reportedly told police that he intentionally ran down Schumacher and “spun his tires,” and that he fired a “sound shot” at officers who were trying to take him into custody.

After allegedly shooting at police, Barkley barricaded himself in his home in Dryden.

A short time later, Cayuga Heights Police and Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies tried to pull over the suspect vehicle along Route 13 near Route 366.

Police say he then got out of the vehicle with a long gun and fired a single shot in the direction of police officers before running into the residence.

Police used a robot to negotiate with the suspect, and were able to take him into custody after what they described as a successful negotiation.

Barkley is being held in the Tompkins County Jail on no bail.

Police say the two did not know each other, and the documents obtained by NewsChannel 9 do not indicate what may have motivated Barkley’s alleged crimes.

Justin Barkley Felony Complaint


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