Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr.

Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr.


A 19-year-old Harker Heights man was arrested Thursday in connection to a fatal shooting Tuesday in the 400 block of North Amy Lane.

Heights police and the Bell County Organized Crime unit arrested Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr. as a suspect in the murder of 28-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez, of Harker Heights.

Thomas was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and assigned a $1 million bond.

He is currently being held in the Bell County Jail.

Heights police received a call of shots fired in the 400 block of North Amy Lane at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived they found an unconscious man with a gunshot wound lying on the ground near the driver-side door of a vehicle that had been parked on the side of the road.

According to the arrest affidavit issued for Thomas, the incident began in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. A witness told police that Hernandez, driving a Hummer, had a confrontation with the driver of a Lincoln Navigator. The witness identified the Navigator’s driver as Thomas.

When Hernandez and the witness pursued the Navigator from the parking lot, the witness said Thomas fired two shots at the Hummer. The witness called 9-1-1 to report the situation.

Hernandez continued the pursuit, and Thomas allegedly fired more shots at the Hummer, with one of the rounds striking Hernandez in the face.

Hernandez was rushed to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, where he was pronounced dead.

Heights police continue to investigate the incident. | 254-501-7567

(2) comments


@thug, I agree. Yet something here is a little off. Lets break this down,. What type of confrontation would make someone follow someone?
Hmm, normal when two people have a so called confrontation in a parking lot, it is over something stupid and they both drive away pissed off. So if it was anything like a car accident and the witness knew who was driving the other vehicle, you just call the cops and tell them who hit your car! Or who assaulted you and so on, Right!

So know lets look at it this way, confrontation in a parking lot, witness and victim follows the person. The Victim nor the witness calls the police until the victim is shot. Nor did the man that did the shooting call for police. Hmmm
So that would lead me to believe, that this was, gang related, and or drug related, the Victim and witness were the aggressors, because they followed the man.
The Victim and Witness followed. They continued the pursuit after the first set of shots. Key words here: Followed, continued.
Hmmm, why is this man in jail?


Murder was the case they done gaved him......[unsure]

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