2nd victim of Bowie County shooting dies

Sheriff says the 3 men involved knew each other
A man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting about 5 p.m. Oct. 24, 2021, along...
A man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting about 5 p.m. Oct. 24, 2021, along Horseshoe Loop in Bowie County, Texas. Authorities have arrested 51-year-old Thomas Wayne Lawson.(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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BOWIE COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) — The other victim of a shooting Sunday afternoon (Oct. 24) in Bowie County, Texas has died.

The Bowie County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office reports that he is 60-year-old Gordan Ray Walls, of Texarkana, Texas.

Sheriff’s deputies still are investigating the motive behind the gunfire that now has claimed two lives.

Bowie County Sheriff Jeff Neal told KSLA News 12 Monday that the three men involved were acquainted with each other.

Deputies found two men with gunshot wounds in some woods behind a residence in the 200 block of Horseshoe Loop Road, according to a news release from sheriff’s Chief Deputy Robby McCarver.

Roger Franklin Cowley, 63, of Texarkana, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, who has now been identified as Gordan Ray Walls, 60, was taken to a Texarkana hospital in life-threatening condition. Authorities said Monday that he too has since died.

Investigators arrested 51-year-old Thomas Wayne Lawson Sr., of Atlanta, Texas.

“When they arrived at the scene, they were able to take the suspect into custody, who was still armed with a rifle,” Sheriff Jeff Neal said.

“He was inside the trailer, but he was still armed with the rifle.”

Deputies got the gun away from Lawson without incident.

He was booked Sunday on one count each of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has since been issued an additional charges of murder in light of Walls’ death. Bond has not yet been set for that charge.

At the time of his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office reports, Lawson also had a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and subsequently was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) under 1 gram.

Neal said they’re still trying to determine the motive for the double homicide, but witnesses say drugs and alcohol might have been involved.

“The suspect was making criminal allegations against the victims that made no sense,” the sheriff explained.

“The suspect was also arrested for possession of meth. And the witnesses said they were consuming a large amount of alcohol. And we are assuming both of those played a huge factor in the case.”

Lawson’s bonds on the murder, assault and drug charges total $1,305,000.

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