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UPDATE: More details released in Smith Co. murder suspect's arrest, second suspect sought

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Natalio Gurrusquieta, Courtesy: Smith County Sheriff's Office Natalio Gurrusquieta, Courtesy: Smith County Sheriff's Office

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - An arrest warrant released Tuesday details the moments leading up to a June 2012 shooting in which one man was killed and two others were injured. Separately, on Tuesday, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said a second un-named suspect was being sought in connection with the shooting.
 
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on June 3, 2012 Smith County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a shooting call at 5:28 p.m. at 138 CR 37 in Tyler.
 
Once on the scene, deputies located Jose Alfredo Sanchez outside on the ground near a shed deceased.

Major Crimes Unit Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and search warrants were issued and executed on the residences, vehicles and property.

At the home of Alejandro Gurrusquieta, a birthday party was taking place while another gathering was happening at the shed when the shooting occurred.

The affidavit states a handgun magazine was in the right hand of Sanchez as well as another magazine beside his right hand on the ground. No weapons were located on or near Sanchez's body. Investigators later found a .380 Auto Star pistol on the ground under part of the shed. A forensic report later matched that gun to a bullet recovered from Sanchez's body.
According to the affidavit, deputies found Natalio Gurrusquieta inside a near by home with two gunshot wounds to the stomach and an injury to his head. Gurrusquieta was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. A third person, Guadalupe Duran, was shot in the arm and had been taken to a local hospital in a personal car.
 
Deputies say Gurrusquieta admitted in an interview to owning a 38 caliber handgun and having carried it in his pocket the day of the shooting. Gurrusquieta allegedly claimed he didn't know who shot at him.

On June 4, 2012 an autopsy was performed on Sanchez and according to the report, the cause of death was "Multiple gunshot wounds" and the manner of death was "Homicide".
 
During a June 5th interview, detectives say Sanchez's brother told them Gurrusquieta shot first during the altercation, hitting Sanchez. The brother allegedly told detectives that Sanchez was able to walk to his car and get his own gun before collapsing.
 
Another witness told detectives that, after being shot, Gurrusquieta referred to Sanchez and said the Spanish equivalent of "He's dead and I'm alive. I got the last laugh."
 
According to the affidavit, crime scene investigators believe only one gun was involved. Their report states that Sanchez likely took the gun from Gurrusquieta after being shot and returned fire. It also says the bullet trajectories involved show that Sanchez was in a defensive position when he was fatally shot, was likely down on the ground or crawling, and could not have presented a threat worthy of using lethal force against.
 
The affidavit names a second possible shooter as "Horacio Gurrusquieta." Investigators have not said whether he is the second suspect in the case.
Click here to read the arrest warrant affidavit for Natalio Gurrusquieta.




Smith County Sheriff's Office:
 
 
SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Today at approximately 4 p.m., Natalio Gurrusquieta, DOB 6.27.40, was arrested by Smith County Detectives, Smith County Patrol Deputies and agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. Gurrusquieta was taken into custody without incident in the 600 block of East Queen Street in Tyler.
 
An arrest warrant for Gurrusquieta was issued earlier today by 241st State District Court Judge Jack Skeen, Jr., charging Gurrusquieta with murder.  After his arrest, Gurrusquieta was booked in to the Smith County Jail. Bond has been set at $1,000,000.00.
 
This arrest was the result of a June 3, 2012 shooting, which claimed the life of Jose Alfredo Sanchez. The homicide took place at a private residence on County Road 37 in northern Smith County. Two other individuals suffered gunshot wounds during this incident, including Gurrusquieta.

 

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