Texarkana Man Killed in What Appears to be a Botched Robbery Attempt

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The Texarkana Texas Police are investigating an overnight shooting that claimed the life of Drake Griffith, 18, of Texarkana. Investigators believe it was a robbery attempt gone bad. One robbery suspect is still on the loose, and one resident of the home has been arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana.

TTPD Press Release:

The Texarkana Texas Police Department is investigating a shooting death that occurred in the 3500 block of Magnolia Street a little before midnight last night in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt.

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.

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 the second resident in the head with an object and the two began to wrestle on the floor.  At some point during the fight, the second resident reached for a pistol that he kept in his bedroom and started shooting.  Griffith was struck several times in the torso.  The second suspect then fled the house.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident, but no charges have been filed in Griffith’s death at this point.  Griffith’s body was transported to Dallas for an autopsy.

Officers arrested the second resident for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana.  He is being held at Bi-State Jail.

If anyone has information on this crime, they are asked to contact the Texarkana Texas Police Department at903-798-3116 or Texarkana CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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