Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man killed in shooting incident

Teenage suspect charged with murder after he turned himself in
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Updated: Apr. 24, 2020 at 4:03 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A teenage suspect in a fatal shooting incident is now in custody, according to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges.

The 14-year-old boy was taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m. Friday after he turned himself in to authorities, according to a press release. His name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

Later, the juvenile suspect was taken to the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center. He was charged with first-degree felony murder.

According to the press release, Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched out to a home on County Road 715 in reference to a shooting around 9 p.m. on Thursday night. When the NCSO deputies arrived at the scene, they learned that the suspect fled on foot toward a wooded area after the alleged shooting incident occurred.

“The victim in the case has been identified as Lance Everett Knight 38 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas,” the press release stated. “The victim was transported to a local hospital in Nacogdoches, where he later succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased.”

A preliminary investigation determined that Knight and the suspect got into a fight outside the residence. After the fight ended, the suspect allegedly went into his home and retrieved a shotgun. The teenager then met Knight, who had entered the residence, the press release stated.

The press release stated that Knight was shot once in the back with the shotgun, and it appeared as though he was trying to get leave the residence and get away from the suspect once Knight realized that the teenager was armed.

“A search for the suspect was conducted by utilizing several resources that were deployed to help locate the fugitive,” the press release stated. " A helicopter with the Texas Department of Public Safety along with TDCJ tracking dogs was sent to the area to assist in the search. The Nacogdoches County Combined SWAT team responded to the area."

The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Nacogdoches Police Department, and the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office also assisted in the search for the suspect.

Sheriff’s office officials asked people who live in the area and near the A.L. Mangham Airport, west of Nacogdoches, to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity.

“This case is being investigated by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers,” the press release stated. “Except for in certain situations, we are prohibited by law from releasing names of juveniles that have been arrested. To further protect the release of the juvenile’s name, the Sheriff’s Office will not release at this time how the victim and suspect were related to each other.”

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