UPDATE: Police have identified Friday evening's murder victim as 31-year-old Lufkin native, Darrance Kindle.

A Lufkin Police Department said that Kindle was visiting the Dollar General to buy cigarettes after getting off work at Georgia Pacific.

Kindle was in the middle of his purchase at the check out area when the suspect entered the store in a mask at 9:48 p.m. Friday evening, waving a handgun and demanding money.

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Police will not release the surveillance video due to its graphic content, but it shows that the suspect rushed into the store.

After the suspect entered the store, he walked behind Kindle, who did a double take over his shoulder and was shot by the suspect at a close range.

The shot was fired within four seconds of the suspect entering the store.

The suspect continued to demand money after shooting Kindle and placed a shopping cart at the store's entrance to keep the automatic doors open.

According to police, the suspect looked like he was having trouble with his weapon while pointing it at the store clerk before jumping onto the counter.

Photo Courtesy Lufkin Police Department

After jumping off of the counter, the suspect searched Kindle's pockets before running from the store into a wooded area toward Loop 287.

Police do not know if the suspect took anything from Kindle and he did not take any money from the store.

The suspect is described as a young, slender, light-complected black man, wearing a dark hoodie, light basketball shorts, red shoes and a neon green Halloween mask.

The Lufkin Police Department is urging anyone with information regarding this crime to contact them at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS if they want to remain anonymous.


According to the Lufkin Police Department, an individual was killed during an armed robbery attempt that occurred just before 10 p.m. Friday evening at Dollar General on Kurth Drive.

Police say the suspect was wearing a mask when he entered the store, demanded money and then shot a customer who was standing at the register.

A store clerk told police that the suspect then ran from the store toward Loop 287 into a wooded area.

The crime remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Lufkin Police at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS if they want to remain anonymous.