3rd person charged with murder in Fort Worth shooting

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A third person was charged with murder Thursday in the July shooting of a 32-year-old man at a far east Fort Worth apartment complex.

Richard Hernandez, 29, of Fort Worth was arrested Monday on a murder warrant through the efforts of the Fort Worth police criminal intelligence unit and Hurst and Haltom City police, according to a police report.

He stands accused along with Lashyla Alvarez Schoonover, 25, and Chauncey McCallum, 31, in the July 15 slaying of Lawrence Gomez.

The report says members of the three police departments had been conducting surveillance in their search for Hernandez when they saw him sitting in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Tahoe in the 1300 block of Cooper Street.

Hernandez put the Tahoe in reverse and sped off as an officer approached to arrest him, the report says.

Other officers had begun pursuing Hernandez when he lost control of the Tahoe, which hit a curb and rolled onto its top. He crawled from the Tahoe and ran, the report states.

When Hernandez refused their orders to stop, Haltom City police released Filo, a police dog, who pursued Hernandez and took him to the ground.

Police found what they believed to be crystal methamphetamine in Hernandez’s pants pocket, the report says.

Investigators believe that Schoonover, McCallum and Hernandez went to the Arbors Apartments in the 3700 block of Vaucluse Drive near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in search of Gomez, who had been visiting others at the complex.

When Gomez went outside, the suspects fired numerous shots, striking him twice in the chest.

Fort Worth police homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said a prior argument apparently led to the shooting.

Hernandez was being held in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday with bail set at $250,000 in the murder case. He also faces charges of evading arrest and possessing a controlled substance, jail records show.

Schoonover remained jailed in Tarrant County, and McCallum is in Dallas County, records show.

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

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