Investigators: Substance abuse suspected, multiple guns carried in Kilgore shooting

Investigators: Substance abuse suspected, multiple guns carried in Kilgore shooting

Investigators discussed new details Thursday in Tuesday's Kilgore shooting that saw a man killed by police after murdering his sister-in-law.

Preliminary autopsy results for Randy and Elizabeth Ann Vinson released during Thursday's press conference described both deaths as homicides fueled by multiple gun shot wounds.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and Kilgore Assistant Police Chief Roman Roberson said Randy had been armed with both a handgun and an SKS assault rifle. He shot and killed Elizabeth with the handgun, but later engaged law enforcement with the assault rifle approximately a quarter of a mile from Elizabeth's home on Highway 31 west of Kilgore.

The assault rifle has been recovered and collected as evidence. The status of the handgun is not clear.

Cerliano and Roberson indicated that substance abuse may have fueled what's been confirmed to have started as a domestic dispute involving Elizabeth kicking Randy out of the home where the shooting occurred. Toxicology results are expected to confirm or rule out the presence of intoxicants in Randy's system at the time of the murder within six to eight weeks.

Cerliano and Roberson also identified the officers involved in shooting Randy.

Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter (3 years with the department, 21 years of total experience), Kilgore Sergeant Jarod Sear (7 years with the department, 18 years of total experience), Kilgore Corporal Kevin Steward (15 years with the department, 21 years of total experience), Kilgore Officer Amos Owings (2 years and 9 months with the department and of total experience) and Gregg County Deputy Chase Doss (4 years and 6 months with the department, 8 years of total experience) were all placed on administrative leave following the shooting.

Cerliano and Roberson commended their respective officers' handling of Tuesday's shooting. Roberson said the rest of the Kilgore Police Department had stepped up to fill gaps with four on administrative leave.

In addition to the Gregg County Sheriff's Department, Kilgore Police and the Texas Rangers, the Alert Academy and DPS Dive Team have committed resources to the investigation.

Press Release from Gregg County Sheriff's Office

Kilgore, TX -- On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at approximately 10:16am Kilgore Police Department and Gregg County Sheriff's Office Communication Centers received multiple calls regarding a shooting and a man with a gun.

Officers from both agencies as well as Texas DPS responded to the call, a residence at 1922 Hwy 31 West, Kilgore, Gregg County, Texas. As the first officer arrived, a female gunshot victim was located in a vehicle at the residence.

Information was established the suspect had fled in to a wooded area and was still armed. Initial responding officers encountered the armed suspect on a bridge just east of the residence on State Highway 31.

The suspect, armed with an assault rifle, refused to respond to officer commands. A short stand off ensued. After the suspect fired his weapon, he was shot by officers from the Kilgore Police Department and Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

The female victim, found deceased, was identified as Elizabeth Ann Vinson, 32 year of age, of Kilgore, Texas. The male suspect, also deceased, was identified as Randy Ray Vinson, 37 years of age, of Kilgore, Texas.

Both individuals were pronounced dead at the scene by Gregg County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3, Talyna Carlson. Both bodies were sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, Texas for autopsy.

Investigation is ongoing.


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