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'Person of interest' in shooting arrested, but on unrelated charge
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The Barton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a "person of interest" in last Saturday’s shooting death of Damon Galyardt. No one has been charged in the 25-year-old Great Bend man’s death, which is being investigated as first-degree murder, and no one is considered a suspect.

In a statement released by the BCSO Wednesday afternoon, authorities announced that a third search warrant was executed at a Great Bend residence on Tuesday, in connection with the shooting death. "As a result of that warrant, a person of interest was arrested and is currently being held in the Barton County Jail on unrelated charges."

Sheriff Greg Armstrong declined to elaborate on the information.

Logs from the Great Bend Police Department and BCSO show a search warrant was executed at 1817 Monroe St. at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday, and that Jeff Chapman was arrested at that address at 5 p.m., and booked at the sheriff’s office in lieu of bond. However, Chapman’s name did not appear on the Nov. 15 "Media Log" that lists people who were booked and released. When the Great Bend Tribune pointed out the omission and asked what Chapman was charged with, the answer was "failure to appear."

Armstrong would neither confirm or deny that the Monroe Street arrest and search warrant were connected.

Galyardt’s body was discovered Saturday morning by hunters on land southwest of Great Bend. Two search warrants were executed that day at 1105 Stone St., and a vehicle was seized for forensic testing.

As the investigation continues, officers continue to search for clues. Tuesday afternoon, while searching the location at 250 SW 60 Road where Galyardt’s body was discovered, a Bud Light can and a set of rosary beads were found.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Great Bend Police Department have been working on the investigation with the BCSO.