A man has been charged with murder after an argument at the OBok Restaurant & Club in the 2800 block of South Fort Hood Street led to gunfire early Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Killeen Police Department.
According to the police, the victim — 41-year-old Deandre Patrick Thomas, of Killeen — was allegedly shot by 45-year-old Reginald Ferlandus Jackson after the two men reportedly got into an argument just before 2 a.m. Saturday.
Jackson was arrested and charged with murder and is currently being held at the Bell County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Thomas died from his injuries and was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 2:46 a.m. An autopsy was ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit continue to investigate the homicide.
The slaying was the fifth criminal homicide in Killeen this year.
Lamar Marcell Roberson, 32, was shot and killed Feb. 28 in the 900 block of Culp Avenue.
Otto Owen-Palacios Hernandez, 35, was shot and killed April 23 in the 800 block of Root Avenue.
Heather Mae Walker, 29, killed June 9 in 2800 block of Phoenix Drive. Police have not released the manner of death in Walker’s case.
Cleveland Jermaine Lewis, 33, known as “C.J.”, was shot and killed Aug. 4 in front of his house in the 4500 block of Alan Kent Drive.
Deandre Patrick Thomas, 41, was shot and killed Aug. 18 in the 2800 block of South Fort Hood Street at a nightclub.
Criminal charges were not filed in two other deaths this year.
Two arrests have been made in 2018 homicide cases.
Jason Ricardo Baez, 32, is in the Bell County Jail with $350,000 in bonds on two felony charges: a first-degree murder charge in the Roberson case and an evading arrest charge, a third-degree felony, according to jail records. Baez was arrested on March 2.
Reginald Ferlandus Jackson, 45, was arrested and charged with the murder of Thomas on Aug. 19. He is in the Bell County Jail on a $500,000 bond, according to jail records.