Sheriff: Car found, 2 people in custody after quadruple homicide near New Summerfield

Crime & Public Safety

NEW SUMMERFIELD, Texas (KETK) – Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said they located the car stolen from one of the quadruple homicide victims in Jacksonville. He said it was abandoned on Highway 79. Two people have been detained for questioning in connection to the murders that happened Tuesday morning near New Summerfield.

Dickson said that he feels they are moving in the “right direction” with the people they have taken into custody. Tips led police to these two people.

A call came in at 7:55 a.m. and deputies arrived at the scene on Highway 110 near New Summerfield at 8:20 a.m. They found one person in the driveway and three others in a white mobile home behind the brick house dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Dickson said that two of the four people killed in the quadruple homicide near New Summerfield were mother and son, while the other two were in some sort of relationship.

Included among the victims was a 18-year-old male, 47-year-old male, 45-year-old female and another female in her 30’s or 40’s. Two victims, the 18-year-old and the woman of a yet unknown age, were mother and son. The others, he said, were involved in some kind of relationship.

The person who lives in a brick house in front of the mobile home was the person who called law enforcement, Dickson said. He said they are interviewing that person for more information.

The vehicle seen leaving the house, a 2017 red Dodge Challenger with the license plate LTY 9935, was stolen from one of the victims. Dickson said the alleged shooter is considered armed and dangerous.

“He just killed four people, so we’re going to call him armed and dangerous. Every time we have a murderer on the loose the public has some sense of danger,” Dickson said.

Photos of the person of interest’s car from New Summerfield quadruple homicide. License plate number LTY 9935. (via Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.)

“We don’t know any details on the suspect. The car is a big part of our investigation, so if somebody sees that, please contact law enforcement so they can try and track the vehicle down,” Dickson said.

Dickson said they are following up on leads right now.

Dickson said they are still working to notify the families and get search warrants for the property. Texas Rangers were brought in as extra resources and have collected shell casings.

All bodies will be sent to Dallas for autopsy, Dickson said.

“If anyone was in the area and saw anything suspicious, heard anything, something you may not think is relevant, call and let us know,” Dickson said. “If you saw something in town last night that you think might play a part in this, call and let us know. Any information, we’d love to know and see if it will help us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 903-683-2271.

Dickson said this is the first quadruple murder in Cherokee County.

View the full press conference from 3 p.m. below:

This is a developing story. KETK News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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