On February 18, just after 6:00 p.m. the Henderson Police Department and Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received numerous 911 Calls in reference to multiple gunshots at Oak Manor apartment complex. Upon arrival Officers encountered four adult gunshot victims and three children who did not appear to be injured. Of the four victims was a 31-year-old male victim, Justin Smith, who was pronounced deceased on scene by Rusk County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, Jacky Risinger. A second victim, a 37-year-old female, Holly Jones, was flown from the scene to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Two other victims, 65-year-old Billie Pyers and 26-year-old Cassandra Shaffer were transported to area hospital where at last report they were in stable condition.
The three children, ages 6, 4 and 18 months are with family members at this time.
Through the cooperation of the Henderson Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Rusk County Office of Emergency Management, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department and family members; the suspect, Randy Buford Winn, 62 of Henderson, TX is in custody in Bienville Parish, Louisiana at this time for Murder. The charge is expected to be changed to Capital Murder and extradition will follow.
This is still an ongoing investigation and the motive is still unknown.
Henderson High School swimmer Mark Eberhard competed in the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin at the University of Texas on February 15 and 16.
Mark qualified for State by finishing 2nd and 5th in his two events at Regionals held at Texas A&M earlier.
At the State Championships he finished 4th in the 100 yard Breaststroke, moving up from 16th place last year. He also finished 9th in the 200 yard Individual Medley winning the Consolation "B" Championship. He swam personal best times in both events.
This week, the Texas House and Senate met twice in joint sessions to hear from Governor Abbott and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht. The State of the State, delivered by Governor Abbott, provided the legislature insight into the Governor’s priorities for the 86th legislative session. During the State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Hecht highlighted the growing need for reforming the state’s bail system, as well as the judicial selection process, notably supporting nonpartisan elections for judges.
The Texas Constitution prevents the legislature from passing bills during the first 60 calendar days of the session, unless the governor declares them emergency items. Governor Abbott proclaimed several items emergencies: school finance reform, teacher pay, property tax reform, school safety, disaster response, and mental health programs. This declaration allows the legislature to consider these very important issues without delay.
As a member of the Human Services Committee, I am pleased Governor Abbott is prioritizing mental health issues. Rural Texas is one of the most underserved regions in our state when it comes to mental health services, and I look forward to working with Governor Abbott and fellow lawmakers to ensure people in need receive the care that will improve their lives.
Finally, it is time for all of us to mark our calendars -- House and Senate committees have begun hearings on a range of issues that are important to all Texans. Because committee work is critical to developing legislation and policy, I encourage you to follow committees with jurisdiction over issues important to you, your family, and your businesses. Next week, two committees on which I serve – Human Services and Homeland Security – will hold their first hearings.
As activity in the 86th legislative session continues to gain momentum, please send your input on proposed legislation to my office. We want to hear from you!
On February 19, 2019 at 12:38 a.m., Longview Police were dispatched to the 1700 Block of Loring Lane for a Shooting Just Occurred. When officers arrived at the scene they found two females deceased inside the residence. Witnesses were able to help police identify the suspect involved in this shooting. Police located the suspect at a local apartment complex and he is in Police custody at this time. Police believe that domestic violence may be a factor in these murders.
The two homicide victims have been identified as 58-year-old Lori Susan Perez and 38-year-old Kristy Nicole Perez, both of Longview. The suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Troy James Rider, Jr. of Longview. He has been arrested on the charge of Capital Murder.
Longview Police Detectives and the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office are working together to investigate this case.
Gregg County's District Attorney announced via the office's official facebook page that the victims were "executed in front of children."