Azle man arrested in fatal shooting

Posted Friday, Aug. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A 20-year-old Azle man was arrested Thursday night in connection with the fatal shooting of another man at a home in northwest Tarrant County.

Christopher Adam Osborne was being held in the Tarrant County Jail Friday on suspicion of murder. Bail is set at $25,000.

Sheriff’s officials say Osborne and the victim, 31-year-old Gabriel Richardson, were among visitors at a house in the 13000 block of Briar Road Wednesday night when an argument broke out between the two men.

“I believe the suspect borrowed the victim’s truck and then didn’t bring it back in a timely manner,” said Chief Deputy Mike Simonds. “They were arguing over that.”

During the argument, investigators believe Osborne picked up a rifle and fired at Richardson.

Richardson was taken by private vehicle to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle, where he died from what the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled was a high-velocity gunshot wound of the chest.

Two other people in the house, who suffered minor injuries from bullet fragments, were treated at the hospital and released, officials said.

Osborne was arrested Thursday night after officers tracked him to a residence on New Hope Road.

“We received information he might be staying at a residence in that area,” Simonds said.

Osborne tried to run from deputies but was captured after a short foot pursuit, Simonds said.

Simonds said authorities on Thursday afternoon recovered the rifle believed used in the shooting.

“Another individual had taken the weapon from the murder location and dumped it,” Simonds said. “That individual led us to the location of the murder weapon.”

He said investigators will consult with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office to decide whether that person, a female friend of the suspect, will face charges for tampering with evidence.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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