Md. fugitive surrenders in Canada

June 26, 1999|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old Baltimore man wanted in a February killing in Brooklyn surrendered to Canadian police yesterday, one day after he reportedly crossed the border while walking along a beach in Washington.

David A. Gatton Sr., whose last address was the 1000 block of Bristol Place in Brooklyn, was charged in a warrant in the Feb. 19 shooting death of Anthony Henson, 23, during an argument at Henson's apartment in the 4200 block of Audrey Ave. Police said Henson was shot several times with a handgun.

Gatton's whereabouts were unknown until about 3: 30 a.m. EST yesterday, when Gatton phoned a Surrey, British Columbia, precinct of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a pay phone near the U.S. border.

Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, is three hours north of Seattle.

Canadian police said yesterday that Gatton identified himself as an American fugitive.

He was arrested minutes later and was being held in a Surrey jail, his case turned over to Canadian immigration officials.

Immigration officials plan to hold a hearing next week. Because Gatton crossed into Canada illegally, officials will attempt to deport him, avoiding extradition.

Canadian immigration officials were unavailable for comment.

Baltimore police detectives will travel to Surrey next week to try to bring Gatton back.

Pub Date: 6/26/99

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