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Police arrest Charlottesville resident for fatal shooting

An Albemarle County man was shot and killed Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in an alley between 10 and 10 1/2 Streets - east of the Venable Neighborhood near the end of Wertland Street.

Police found Ta Tebb Tyler, 21, wounded with a gunshot to the head when they arrived on the scene.

He died later at the University of Virginia Medical Center, said Lt. J.E. "Chip" Harding.

About 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Claiborne Maupin, 23, of Charlottesville, turned himself in to Charlottesville police. Earlier, police had issued four warrants for his arrest.

Harding said Maupin arrived at the police station with blood on his clothing and asked for an attorney. He has not issued a statement to police.

In addition to being charged for the death of Tyler, police also charged Maupin with attempting to kill Anthony Maysfield of Charlottesville.

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    Harding said Maysfield "got off from work at the University and was taking his usual route home when he noticed a man in a car in the alley looking at him."

    According to Harding, Maupin, who was in the car, began "spraying shots in [Maysfield's] general direction."

    Maysfield ran into a nearby house and called the police.

    Harding said witnesses and citizens have told police that Maupin and Tyler are friends and were seen earlier in the day together.

    "We are not discounting the fact that, maybe, as Maupin was shooting at Maysfield, Tyler inadvertently stepped in front of one of the rounds," Harding said.

    According to Harding, a witness reported seeing Maupin driving erratically away from the scene, after the shooting.

    Harding also said that Maupin was charged two years ago with attempting to kill another man.

    The man that Maupin was charged with attempting to kill had been indicted on drug charges and did not appear to testify against Maupin.

    Maupin was not convicted in that incident.

    Harding said this incident does not appear to be drug related.

    Harding commented that the neighborhood where the shooting took place is not particularly safe.

    "I wouldn't think it's a place students would want to saunter through," he added.