Lufkin Police investigate Independence Day shooting
POSTED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 8:52am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:06pm
LUFKIN — Lufkin Police Department holds an active warrant for the arrest of Cornius Deunte Kirkland (Black / Male / 22 / 908 Rowe Avenue, Lufkin) for the Second Degree Felony offense of Aggravated Assault. A Lufkin Police Department Detective obtained the warrant following an investigation into a July 04, 2011 shooting that occurred outside of a residence located on East Grove Avenue in Lufkin.
At approximately 10:00 PM on Monday, July 04, 2011, Lufkin Police Department Dispatch received a report of a gunshot victim at 411 East Grove Avenue in Lufkin.
Lufkin Police Department officers responded to that address and found twenty-three-year-old victim Andre Castle laying at the edge of the driveway with a single gunshot wound to the thigh area of his left leg.
A witness stated to the officers that prior to the shooting incident, suspect Cornius Deunte Kirkland was at the residence accusing Mr. Castle of stealing a mobile telephone.
The witness stated that Mr. Kirkland left the residence after losing a fight with Mr. Castle but returned approximately twenty minutes later.
The witness stated that when Mr. Kirkland returned to the residence he exited his vehicle with a handgun, shot Mr. Castle, and then fled the area.
Lufkin Fire Department personnel transported Mr. Castle from the scene to Memorial Health System of East Texas, located at 1201 West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.
The account of the incident that Mr. Castle provided at the hospital to the investigating Lufkin Police Department Detective matched the witness’s statements.
Finding probable cause to believe that Cornius Deunte Kirkland intentionally and knowingly used a deadly weapon to cause serious bodily injury to Mr. Castle, the Detective sought, and a judge issued, a warrant for Mr. Kirkland’s arrest for the Second Degree Felony offense of Aggravated Assault.
Cornius Deunte Kirkland is aware of the outstanding arrest warrant and that Lufkin Police Department is attempting to locate him.
Anyone wishing to provide information concerning the current location of Cornius Deunte Kirkland, may call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip by clicking at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com.
You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
The information concerning this arrest warrant was current at the time of this release but the warrant and charge must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.
The current medical condition of victim Andre Castle was not known at the time of this release.
Lufkin Police were investigating a shooting late Monday at the corner of Grove Avenue and Williams Street.
Cpl. Travis Strickland said officers were called to a disturbance in the area around 10:15 p.m. Monday. They then received a second call that someone had been shot.
Strickland said the incident happened in the street and several witnesses were on scene when officers arrived.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, but his injuries were unknown by press time, Strickland said.