Police describe fatal shooting in Lancaster as ‘tragic incident’

Tavares Martese Brown
Tavares Martese Brown Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

Police say a nephew fired the shot that fatally wounded a Lancaster man Sunday during a family gathering.

Police also say the shooting came after an argument with the uncle who was armed with a knife.

Tavares Martese Brown, 27, has been charged with illegally carrying a pistol but has not been charged in the death, police said. Brown was arrested on the weapon charge Monday then released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, records and reports show.

Eric Tucker, 54, was shot around 4:45 p.m. Sunday at his home at 144 Terrace Road in Lancaster, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Family and friends were playing cards and drinking at the duplex where Tucker lived, Barfield said. Then an argument started.

Barfield said police were told by witnesses that Tucker argued with several people inside the home, including Brown. Then, Brown and others walked outside. Tucker followed, went back inside and returned with a knife, Barfield said.

Tucker approached Brown while armed with the knife, and Brown walked to his truck and armed himself with a .38 caliber revolver, police said.

Tucker died from a single gunshot wound, coroner officials said.

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said police “do not at this time have sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Brown for the shooting death of Mr. Tucker.”

Faile said the investigation will continue.

“This was a tragic incident among relatives and friends at what should have been a happy gathering,” Faile said.