Cops prevent possible retaliation for Wallkill fatal gunfight
Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a Middletown shooting, a move they believe will prevent retaliation for the fatal shooting at a Wallkill bar.
Police arrested Leray Nelson, who was wanted for his involvement in two Middletown shootings. Nelson is the brother of a man who was fatally shot outside KJ?s Taproom in November. One of the shootings Nelson was allegedly involved in took place in the parking lot of the Colonial Diner in June, the other occurred on Spring Street months later. Nelson was never formally charged in the diner shooting. During the Spring Street incident, police say Nelson pistol-whipped and shot at Derrick Brickhouse, who police claim was later involved the KJ?s Taproom shooting.
Brickhouse is currently out on bail. Police now believe with Nelson behind bars, they have prevented any type of retaliation against Brickhouse for the bar shooting. Nelson was arraigned Wednesday morning and sent to Orange County Jail without bail.
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