WAXAHACHIE — One suspect is in custody and a second is at-large after a 17-year-old male died as a result of a gunshot wound Tuesday night in suburban Waxahachie.
Waxahachie and Cedar Hill Police officers took Jude Shawn Vaughn Jr, 20, of Red Oak into custody in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Gabriel Richie, confirmed Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby.
Vaughn has been charged with capital murder. A traffic stop in the 1000 block of North Joe Wilson Road resulted in the arrest.
“The arrest was made by police at approximately 4 a.m. this (Thursday) morning in Cedar Hill. Cedar Hill and Waxahachie Police officers executed an arrest warrant and took the suspect into custody without incident,” Goolsby said. “Police are actively searching for one additional suspect at this time.”
According to Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff, detectives alleged in the complainant that either Vaughn or the second suspect shot and killed Richie during an armed robbery.
On Tuesday, Waxahachie Police officers were dispatched at 9:21 p.m. to a residence in the 200 block of Cambridge St., roughly four blocks north of Shackelford Elementary in Waxahachie, to the report of an unresponsive person.
Police are still investigating Richie’s death as a homicide.
“Officers arrived to find a deceased male inside the house. He has been identified as Gabriel Richie, 17, of Waxahachie. It appears that he suffered a gunshot wound,” Woodruff said. “A neighbor approached officers and reported hearing what sounded like a firecracker at about 6:10 p.m. The neighbor then observed the victim get out of a dark-colored car and run inside his home.”
Woodruff stated that the car — described as a dark-colored Taurus or Altima — drove away from the victim’s home.
Detectives believe Richie collapsed once he got inside the house. He was found by an acquaintance who was asked to go check on him around 9:20 p.m. after Richie’s mother had grown concerned when she could not reach him.
Ellis County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr was called out to the residence and pronounced Richie dead at 10:54 p.m. Miller ordered the body taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for a full autopsy.
Woodruff stated that detectives worked through the night interviewing friends and acquaintances of Richie. Richie and his mother lived in Red Oak before recently moving to Waxahachie.
"We appreciate the help of Cedar Hill Police and Red Oak Police during this phase of the investigation," Woodruff added.
This is a developing story.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Woodruff with the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. If you have information, but would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers of Ellis County at 972-937-7297.