Pulaski County sheriff investigates homicide

Erik Hardwick
Erik Hardwick

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Friday night shooting that left a 37-year-old man dead and another man charged with murder.

Joshua Oakes, 37, of Somerset, was pronounced dead at a home on Pumphouse Road, said Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk.

Erik S. Hardwick, 31, who lived at the home, has been arrested on a murder charge.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were called to the shooting at 8 p.m. Witnesses told them that the two men had gotten into an argument, and Hardwick ran from the scene after the shooting.

Sheriff Greg Speck and deputies, assisted by a the department’s police dog, searched for Hardwick throughout the night before he was found at 10:45 a.m. Saturday on Old Pumphouse Road.

Hardwick was being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Strunk said Oakes was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy was performed Saturday morning.