UPDATE 10:50 AM:

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says they have a suspect in last night’s fatal shooting in Galena.

Billy Barker, Cherokee County mugshot

Billy Barker, 49, of Galena, was arrested at the scene last night after police say they believe he shot and killed Levi Porter, 27, of Riverton.

Groves says the two men knew each other, but wasn’t able to go into more detail until formal charges are filed.

Barker is being held in the Cherokee County jail on a second degree murder charge with no bond.


GALENA, Kan. — Law enforcement are currently at the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred just before 9:00 pm tonight (Tuesday) in the 800 block of Columbus Street (near West Empire Street) in Galena.

The individual who was fatally shot was a male. However, officials aren’t commenting on the specifics of a suspect.

We spoke to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, who was on the scene.

“So at this point, it’s the early stages of our investigation we’re processing the scene, we’re conducting interviews of witnesses, potential suspects. So at this point I would not say that anybody is in custody, police custody. However, law enforcement is conducting interviews with people that may either be witnesses or potential suspects,” said David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff.

Cherokee County and Galena law enforcement are investigating the incident.

This is a developing story, and we will bring you information on fourstateshomepage.com as soon as it becomes available.