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Suspect In Skate Park Shooting In Custody

The skate park shooting suspect remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning, May 3. Bond for the 17-year-old Sulphur Springs resident was set at $200,000 on the second-degree felony aggravated assault charge, according to jail .

Justin Quentil Richards

Sulphur Springs Police, in a news release Monday, reported one person suffered a single gunshot wound around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the skate park in Buford Park. Officers, responding to a report of a gunshot wound victim at the location, were reportedly told two different vehicles were involved in a disturbance, when several gunshots were fired.

The victim was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle by his friends and the alleged suspect vehicles left the scene, according to the police release. Officers then got the description of the vehicles and began looking for them. A suspect had been identified in connection with the case by midmorning Monday, police reported. Based on investigation, officers were able to get a warrant for the suspect’s arrest, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jason Ricketson.

Justin Quentil Richards was taken into custody at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, by Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner, then booked into Hopkins County jail on the aggravated assault warrant, according to police and jail reports.

The victim was reported to be in good condition and had been released from the hospital, according to police.


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Author: Faith Huffman

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