MT. VERNON – A 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man was charged Friday morning in Jefferson County Court with three counts of murder in the Wednesday shooting death of 48-year-old Mt. Vernon resident Sam J. Gibson.
Traviel C. Gibson was additionally charged with one count Class 2 murder. According to Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayse, Sam Gibson was pronounced dead at 12:19 p.m. Wednesday of a gunshot wound to the chest.
According to police, around 12:19 p.m. Wednesday, a distraught female entered the Mt Vernon Police Department lobby and reported a male had possibly been shot at a residence in the 1800 block of Cherry St. in Mt Vernon. The female also reported a male at the residence had attacked her and stolen her phone.
Officers reported that as they arrived at the home they witnessed Traviel C. Gibson run into the residence. Officers also observed a deceased male on the front porch of the home. Despite several commands from officers, Gibson refused to cooperate and exit the residence.
Officers ultimately entered the residence to make contact with Gibson, who reportedly continued to resist officers, resulting in one officer suffering minor injuries when taking him into custody.
Bail was set at $3 million for Traviel Gibson Friday morning and he remains in the Jefferson County Jail where he was taken after his arrest Wednesday. He’s scheduled for a June 2 preliminary hearing and first appearance in court with his appointed attorney.
Additional information is pending surrounding the woman who went to the police department and possible charges against her.