Man arrested for deadly Catawba Co. shooting

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Hickory Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for a deadly shooting early Tuesday morning.

Catawba County EMS officials say the shooting happened on 19th Avenue Northeast just before 4 a.m.

Billy Dellinger, 35, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries, police told WBTV.

Investigators said the shooting was a result of a verbal argument between Dellinger and Maurice Centel Mayfield, 22, which started at a house party.

Mayfield was arrested just before 5 p.m. and charged with first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries, and a probation violation.

His first court appearance will be Wednesday in the Newton District Court.

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