CPD’s investigation into Thursday morning’s shooting death of a Mesquite man continues with no additional arrests having occurred during the weekend. Police arrested four in connection with the incident.
Police responded to a report of shots fired at 5:15 a.m. to a business on the corner of Shaffer and South Main streets where they discovered the body of Brian Poole, 30. Rescue workers pronounced Poole dead at the scene, the result of gunshot wounds to the head.
Police later that day arrested James Anthony Sample, 31, of Dallas on charges of murder, tampering with evidence — human corpse and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Later that day, police arrested Howard Blain Dudley, 54, of Cleburne on a charge of tampering with evidence — human corpse; Joseph Thomas Alvarez, 29, of San Angelo on the same charge; and Kimberly Lynn Dudley, 56, of Cleburne on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of dangerous drugs.
Police found Sample and Howard Dudley in the building upon arrival, according to an affidavit. Dudley and two other witnesses — who have not been arrested, but told police they were in the building when the shooting occurred — identified Sample as the shooter of Poole, according to the affidavit. All claimed to have witnessed Sample use a handgun to shoot Poole in the head.
Court records show that a Dallas County court convicted Sample on a felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2011, which explains why police also charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Sample and Howard Dudley attempted to clean Poole’s body after the shooting, disrobed him and tried to hide him in a sleeping bag, according to reports.
Police on Monday said it remains unclear what prompted the shooting.
Nowhere to run
Cleburne police located and arrested two burglary suspects about 10:50 a.m. Monday. Police have yet to release the suspects’ names.
Police responded to a burglary in progress on Wood Street. Officers arrived on scene to find two men, both of whom fled on foot.
One man climbed on the roof of a house in the 900 block of South Walnut Street, laid down and attempted to hide, police said. An officer climbed on the roof and arrested him. Police apprehended the second suspect near the 300 block of Williams Avenue.
Mess of a wreck
Careflite ambulances transported two to a Fort Worth hospital following a traffic accident involving four vehicles and three incidents on Sunday. Cleburne police and firefighters responded to the scene at 10:50 p.m. in the 2200 block of Texas 171.
The driver of a Nissan Titan, eastbound on U.S. 67 approaching the Texas 171 intersection, allegedly failed to yield right of way while turning onto Texas 171, according to CPD reports. The Nissan drove into the path of a Mazda 3 and struck the Mazda’s left quarter panel. Both occupants exited their vehicles, which came to rest in the roadway, to exchange information.
The driver of a Chevrolet 1500, traveling northbound on Texas 171, subsequently struck the right quarter panel of the Nissan. The Chevrolet driver told police he did not see the other two vehicles in the road. The crash resulted in injury to the Mazda’s driver. It is unclear whether the man suffered injury through being struck by the Chevrolet or while jumping from the path of it.
The driver of a second Chevrolet 1500, which had no involvement in the first wreck, stopped to check on the Nissan and Mazda drivers. The impact from the other Chevrolet 1500 hitting the Nissan caused the Nissan to spin around and strike the Chevrolet 1500 whose driver had stopped to assist with the first wreck.
Ambulances transported the Mazda’s driver and the driver of the Chevrolet that struck to Nissan to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where they were treated and released.
Police responded to a hit-and-run at 1:44 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Hilltop Drive.
A vehicle of unknown make approached from an unknown direction, possibly westbound, and struck the driver’s side door of a Pontiac G6, which sat parked and unattended. The driver fled the scene.
Theft, damage and fraud calls
Police responded to a theft at 10:02 a.m. Dec. 7 in the 800 block of Colonial Drive. Someone stole a set of white stackable shelves from the victim’s driveway.
Police responded to a fraud call at 11:35 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of West Chambers Street. The victim reported that someone withdrew $50.07 from her account via an ATM machine in Japan.
Police responded to a vehicle vandalism and theft at 3:37 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of North Border Street. Someone broke the driver’s side window of a blue and white 1995 Chevrolet pickup and stole an in-dash CD player.
Police responded to a similar call at 8:33 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of North Wilhite Street. Someone broke the windshield of the victim’s black 2006 GMC Sierra, caused scratches to the truck and scratched an obscene phrase into the paint. They went on to steal a Kenwood flip-up screen radio/TV from the vehicle.