Nacogdoches County Fourteen Year-old Charged With Murder
According to a release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office (NCSO), a 14 year-old juvenile was taken into custody at the Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 8 am Friday after turning himself into authorities for allegedly shooting a family member.
The call originated after deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 715 in southeastern Nacogdoches County in reference to a shooting around 9 pm Thursday night. Deputies arrived on scene and learned that the suspect, who is a 14 year old juvenile, fled on foot towards a wooded area after the shooting occurred.
The victim in the case has been identified as Lance Everett Knight, 38, from Nacogdoches. The victim was transported to a local hospital in Nacogdoches, where he later died from his injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Knight and the suspect allegedly got into a physical altercation outside of the residence. The altercation ended and the suspect went inside his residence. It appears that the suspect retrieved a shotgun and met the victim who had entered the residence.
The victim was shot one time with a shotgun in the back.
A search for the suspect was conducted by utilizing several resources that were deployed to help locate the fugitive. A helicopter with the Texas Department of Public Safety along with TDCJ tracking dogs were sent to the area to assist in the search. The Nacogdoches County Combined SWAT team, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Nacogdoches Police Department, and PCT. 4 Constable's Office all assisted in the search for the suspect.
Around 5 am Friday morning the ground search was suspended, however patrol deputies remained in the area using thermal imaging to search for the suspect. The suspect would later turn himself into authorities.
The juvenile suspect was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center. The suspect has been charged with the offense of Murder, a 1st Degree Felony. His name is being withheld due to his juvenile status.
This case is being investigated by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers. Except for in certain situations, law prohibits releasing names of juveniles that have been arrested. To further protect the releasing of the juvenile’s name, the Sheriff’s Office will not release at this time how the victim and suspect were related to each other.