The man arrested following the deadly shooting in the 3500 block of Magnolia for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana has been identified by police as 37-year-old Joshua Cassidy.
Officers were dispatched to the report of a shooting at the Magnolia Street residence at 11:56 p.m. on Monday. Upon arrival, officers found Drake Griffith, 18, of Texarkana Texas deceased on the floor of one of the bedrooms with several gunshot wounds.
According to Vaughn, the two residents of the house told officers that Griffith had been invited to the house to purchase drugs. During the course of that transaction, a second unidentified man knocked on the front door armed with a pistol and escorted one of the residents toward the back of the house at gunpoint.
“As they entered the bedroom where that transaction was taking place, Griffith struck Cassidy in the head with an object and the two began to wrestle on the floor. At some point during the fight, Cassidy reached for a pistol that he kept in his bedroom and started shooting,” said Vaughn in a press release.
Griffith was struck several times in the torso. The second suspect then fled the house.
Griffith’s body was transported to Dallas for an autopsy.
If anyone has information on this crime, they are asked to contact the Texarkana Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.