Smith County charges man with murder in Thursday shooting

Smith County charges man with murder in Thursday shooting


UPDATE: Shooting On Hwy 135 Near Arp

TYLER, TX – Richard Lee Hunt, DOB 11.6.61, of Arp, Texas, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Tony Tillman, DOB 7.6.59, also of Arp.

​Tillman was shot during an altercation on March 5, at a residence in the 15000 block of Highway 135 near Arp. Tillman had been hospitalized in Tyler since the shooting and passed away this afternoon as a result of his injuries.

​After receiving a 911 call at 6:20 pm on March 5, Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the location and found Hunt and Tillman in the area. Both were suffering from gunshot wounds and were transported to a Tyler hospital for treatment.

​Tillman suffered multiple gunshot wounds caused by a weapon fired by Hunt. Hunt suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg during the altercation.

​Early Wednesday morning after receiving treatment for his wound, Hunt was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Smith County Jail. Later, Hunt was released on bond.

​Hunt was rearrested today on the new charge of first degree murder and is now back in the Smith County Jail. State District Judge Jack Skeen set Hunt's bond at $750,000.

​Tillman's body was sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy.


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