Polk Co. man arrested in shooting death

Richard Gagnon (Source: Polk County Jail)
Richard Gagnon (Source: Polk County Jail)

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old man for murder last week after he allegedly used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill another man.

Richard Alan Gagnon is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. His bail has been set at $850,000.

According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained via an Open Records request Tuesday, Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 400 block of Patricia in reference to a shooting incident on Nov. 6.

When the deputies arrived on the scene, they learned that Gagnon had allegedly shot Brent Ryter in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Gagnon claimed that he shot Ryter to protect himself and his mother, the affidavit stated. He said when Ryter started walking toward him, he closed his eyes and pulled the trigger.

However, the PCSO deputy that obtained the arrest warrant said that Gagnon did not see Ryter hit his mother; he only heard it from the bedroom. The affidavit stated that the woman didn't have any visible injuries other than a small abrasion under her right eye.

In addition, the affidavit stated Ryter lived at the residence, and there was no previous of history of Ryter assaulting Gagnon's mother. Conversely, there is a history of Gagnon assaulting his mother, according to the affidavit.

The PCSO deputy also wrote in the affidavit that he will show that Ryter had not assaulted Gagnon or threatened to kill him before the shooting.

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