DIBOLL, Texas (KTRE) - A man is in custody and charged with murder after being arrested in Lufkin.
Det. Bart Riley with Diboll Police Department said that police were called at 2:30 Thursday morning to the Willie D. Jones Housing Units. When they arrived, they found a victim, Shyheim Harper, 23, dead at the scene. He had been shot. Harper is originally from Beaumont, but had been living with his girlfriend in Diboll.
The suspect has been identified as Cedric Tramon Blake, 23, of Lufkin. Riley said Blake fled the scene and was reportedly headed toward Lufkin.
Lufkin police said at 2 a.m., Officer Westbrook made a traffic stop on a vehicle with a defective headlight in the 1700 block of Feagin Drive. Officer Westbrook initially made contact with the driver and asked her to pull into a car wash on College Drive to conduct the traffic stop at a safer location than the middle of the underpass and intersection.
The driver told him she was in a family member’s vehicle and she was not sure if they had insurance. Throughout the traffic stop, Officer Westbrook and Officer McClurg noticed the passenger, later identified as Blake, acting nervous and reaching into the back seat.
Lufkin police said a check of the vehicle found that it had no insurance so it was to be towed. The driver got out of the vehicle and waited to be picked up by a family member but Blake seemed reluctant to exit the vehicle.
A tow truck driver arrived and tried to load up the vehicle, yet Blake still refused to get out. Blake eventually exited the vehicle and Officer Westbrook detained him. Police said Blake was in possession of two, gallon-size zipper bags of marijuana.
Police said as Officer Westbrook took Blake into custody, he noticed that Blake had fresh cuts and scratches down his arms. Officer Westbrook then radioed dispatch, asking them to check with neighboring agencies to see if Blake was possibly a suspect in an evading arrest case.
Police said Blake initially gave Officer Westbrook a fake name, but after he was taken into custody the officer found an identification card in Blake’s pocket. Blake denied that it was his.
Following a phone call with Diboll Police Department, Officer Westbrook learned that Blake was a suspect in a shooting death that had just occurred.
Blake was taken into custody on a Diboll Police Department warrant for murder and Lufkin Police Department charges of failure to identify a fugitive and possession of marijuana. The driver had no warrants and was released.
"They were instrumental in the arrest and capture. They did a good job," Riley said.
Riley said the sheriff's office also assisted by helping to secure the murder scene.
Blake is charged with first-degree murder. His bond has not yet been set. He remained in the Angelina County Jail as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
Riley said he could not comment on the circumstances leading up to the shooting or a motive.