Neighbor said man was acting drunk and disorderly before Norman shooting

A neighbor described Ethan Johnson Spruill, 22, as being drunk before a violent incident over the weekend. Spruill was taken into police custody after several witnesses said Spruill argued with Aaron McCray before shooting him multiple times.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: February 17, 2014
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Police declined to elaborate on the details of the disagreement between Spruill and McCray. After officers questioned witnesses, Spruill was taken into custody and booked on a complaint of first-degree murder, police Capt. Tom Easley said. He remained in the Cleveland County jail Monday. Charges are expected to be filed later this week.

Police were called to the scene about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The husband of the woman who witnessed the shooting said he knew both Spruill and Aaron McCray.

“This is out of character for both men. Neither one is the type to be involved in a shooting. I don't know what happened. Something is not right. One and one doesn't add up to two on this one,” he said.

The neighbors said Aaron McCray worked part time as a nurse. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, a boy, who just turned 3, and a baby girl. Stephanie McCray and the children were with relatives Monday and could not be reached for comment.

Spruill worked part time at a butcher shop and attended classes, a neighbor said. The neighbor believed Spruill was a student at the University of Oklahoma, but OU officials said they had no record of him.

The woman who witnessed the shooting said Spruill had been drinking earlier in the evening with another neighbor, then was inside his apartment alone “where he was making a lot of noise.” She said she overheard him say later, “I fell off my wagon.”

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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