Man faces murder charge after allegedly killing another homicide suspect

Updated: Jun. 15, 2018 at 3:55 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An arrest has been made in the April 14 shooting death of a man in Montgomery, the Montgomery Police Department confirmed Friday.

Quartez Luster, 19, of Montgomery, is charged with murder in the death Tervaris Payne, 30. Payne was shot to death during what police call a "violent altercation" that also led to the death of a second person, Kalvin Sankey, 23.

The investigation started that Saturday night in April when around 11:15 p.m. MPD and Fire Medics were called to the 2800 block of Fairwest Street. First responders found Payne and Sankey and transported them to an area hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

Investigators initially classified the case as a death investigation because they were uncertain of the circumstances. However, as the investigation developed, authorities found that Payne and Sankey were involved in an exchange of gunfire that led to both their deaths.

The investigation found that the men were involved in an argument that escalated into an exchange of gunfire in which Sankey was fatally wounded by Payne.

Payne, who initially was uninjured, attempted to flee the scene. But police say Luster then fatally shot him.

Both deaths have since been classified as homicides, Montgomery's 15th and 16th of 2018.

Had Payne survived, police say, he would have been charged with murder for Sankey's death.

The investigation is ongoing.

Luster was charged with Payne's murder on June 14. Authorities say he's currently being held by law enforcement in Jefferson County on unrelated charges but will be extradited back to Montgomery.

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