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November 15, 2013

Names released in Brazil homicide

TERRE HAUTE — Investigators have released the name of the victim in a Brazil homicide.

Bryan Owens, 33, died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Tuesday morning.

Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told the Tribune-Star today that no arrests have been made in the case, but police have questioned a man and woman who were at the Vine Street apartment where the shooting occurred.

In a news release issued today, police report that 26-year-old Dustin Fontanyi was cooperating with the investigation and stated that he was the shooter. Fontanyi and a woman were taken to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and were released after being interviewed.

The news release states that Owens went to the apartment, and Fontanyi permitted Owens to enter the residence. An argument occurred, police report, and when Owens refused to leave, a physical altercation occurred between Fontanyi and Owens, ending with the shooting.

Police received a 911 call about the shooting at about 6:30 a.m. Owens was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, and was then placed into a medical helicopter to be airlifted to Indianapolis for treatment. Shortly after takeoff, however, Owens went into cardiac arrest. The helicopter returned to the Brazil hospital and Owens was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon at Terre Haute Regional Hospital by forensic pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr, who listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

The investigation is continuing, McQueen indicated, and a report will be submitted to the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office for review.


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