Harley Kowalski told Detective Sean Snuffer he was at Burdette's house when Burdette came inside to tell him a man named Willie wanted to fight him. Kowalski told Burdette to tell Willie he wasn't there.
Burdette went back outside carrying a small gun, but Kowalski told police he thought at first he was carrying a stick. Kowalski said he heard a loud gunshot and then Burdette came back into the house.
The two fled down an alley behind the house. Kowalski said Burdette had the gun in his hand as he ran.
Detectives recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting.
Burdette was arrested at a trailer park in the Campbells Creek area.
Detectives with the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation were at the scene for more than six hours.
Burdette was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail where he remains without bond.
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