Man arrested after deadly Wichita shooting faces federal drug, gun charges

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita man who said he killed another man in self-defense has been indicted on federal drug and firearms charges. 

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 26-year-old Dalton Patterson was charged Tuesday in with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and two counts of unlawful possession of firearms by a user of controlled substances.

Wichita police say early on October 18, 40-year-old Charles Cunningham and his older brother went to a home in the near Lincoln and Oliver as part of an ongoing dispute and confronted Patterson. Police said Cunningham physically attacked Patterson and Patterson shot him.

The federal charges allege that on the day of the shooting, Patterson possessed more than 50 grams of meth. It also alleges that he unlawfully possessed a 9 mm Ruger handgun and a .380 caliber Cobra handgun in November.

If convicted, Patterson could face not less than 10 years in federal prison on the drug charge, not less than five years on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and up to 10 years on each count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.

Patterson has not been charged in Sedgwick County court. 

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