GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (KETK) – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the April 21 shooting that left a 25-year-old woman dead near Gun Barrel City.
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said they hope to arrest a suspect on Friday, a week after the shooting, and have been working closely with investigators.
“We’ve just got a few more T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but hopefully by the end of the day or by tomorrow we’ll be able to actually charge someone,” Hillhouse said.
The call came in around 7:15 p.m., according to Hillhouse, and when authorities arrived at the scene on Sailfish Drive in the Bonita Point subdivision they found a woman slumped over in a truck.
The woman, later identified as Alexis Garoutte, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hillhouse said that search warrants were issued while investigators were working the scene. A search found firearms and narcotics that are believed to have been moved from the truck into a house.
“We located methamphetamine, we located heroin and we located a pretty large amount of fentanyl,” Hillhouse said. “We’ve been working on this case ever since.”
Hillhouse said at this point, the incident is believed to be drug-related, and it was his first time coming across such a large amount of fentanyl in Henderson County.
“The amount of fentanyl that we located at this residence alarms me and alarms all the investigators here,” Hillhouse said. “It’s here, and we knew it was here, but they had quite a bit.”