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Search for murder suspect ends with arrest

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Suspect Quenton Huddleston Suspect Quenton Huddleston
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD's viper unit has made an arrest for a fatal double shooting Monday morning at the Willow Creek apartments on Shepherdsville Road, near Mansfield Lane.

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell tells WDRB that Quenton Huddleston was taken into custody early Thursday morning. Investigators say he shot his ex-girlfriend in the face and killed her brother, 19-year-old Joshua Gordon.

Police say Huddleston was found shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday in a vacant house on W. 30th Street., near Young Avenue, after dozens of leads. The VIPER Unit found Huddleston with the help of the K9 unit.

"The dog immediately went to the basement area, and then to crawlspace," said Lt. Sean Jackman of the LMPD VIPER Unit. "Mr Huddleston -- his appearance was exactly like the pictures we had received, so we knew exactly then who he was, and we then gave verbal commands for him to come out, and he would not come out of the crawlspace, which as you can imagine, in many of the homes in that area is very small. There's only one way in and one way out. So we sent in the dog to bring him out.

Huddleston was treated at University Hospital for a bite wound. He is now in Metro Corrections.

Police say the house belongs to distant uncle of Huddleston, but there's no indication family members were trying to hide him.

"This uncle was very helpful with us, and described that at some point in the past, police had found another suspect wanted for a violent crime hiding in this vacant house, too," said Jackman. "

Many neighbors did not want to talk on camera, but one who did said he was surprised that police found a murder suspect in their midst.

Norman says he has lived on this street since the early 1960s. He says there are good people here, but the neighborhood has changed.

"Things have happened. I saw a lot of things, too. Living down here, you're subject to see anything," he said.

Lt. Todd Kessinger with the LMPD Homicide Unit explained earlier this week that the shooting appears to have started with an argument.  Huddleston and the 25-year-old female used to be in a relationship, and there was a long history of domestic violence between the two. Police say they have a 3-year-old child together.

Police say an emergency protective order was in place at the time of the shooting. Court records obtained by WDRB show Huddleston has been convicted of stalking, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and assault over the past several years. An arrest warrant states that last year, he threatened the victim with scissors, punched her in the face and "strangled her with both hands."

An arrest warrant from 2010 states Huddleston threatened to kill a different woman.

Police say it was important to find Huddleston now because his girlfriend could be released from the hospital soon, and she could have been in danger.

** UPDATE

A newly released arrest warrant contains more details about the shooting.

According to the warrant, Huddleston forced his ex-girlfriend into her apartment at gunpoint. She begged Huddleston not to kill her, as she attempted to protect her 3-year-old son.

When her brother, Joshua Gordon, came out of a bedroom, Huddleston chased him back into the room and shot him in the chest, killing him.

The ex-girlfriend grabbed a bat and tried to strike Huddleston, but he grabbed it and said, "You shouldn't have done that." He then proceeded to beat her in the face with his fist as he held the gun.

The warrant states that Huddleston told her she might want to go into the bedroom to check on her brother. That is when she saw Joshua Gordon dead on the floor.

When she returned to the hallway, Huddleston stood 3 to 5 feet from her and shot her in the face as she shielded her son.

Huddleston then took her phone and fled on foot. She managed to run to a nearby apartment and found someone to call 911.

When police arrived, she identified Huddleston as the shooter. EMS rushed her to University Hospital where she was to undergo facial reconstructive surgery.

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