Man charged with murder in shooting death of Gun Barrel City man


GUN BARREL CITY, Texas — A Payne Springs man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Gun Barrel City man on Saturday night.

The man, identified as 45-year-old Timothy Wayne Washington, also known as Grasshopper, according to court records, is also facing charges of aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury, aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.

At approximately 10:55 p.m., on Saturday, the Gun Barrel City Police Department responded to the 100 block of Arbolado Drive in reference to a disturbance where a man reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, according to a press release from the department.

Witnesses told police the suspect, later identified as Washington, was fleeing the scene in a vehicle at a high rate of speed.

While responding, Gun Barrel City Police Officer Justin Keahey observed the suspect vehicle turning eastbound on Main Street from Legendary Lane, initiated a felony stop on the vehicle, and detained the driver and passenger, according to the department. Keahey recovered a handgun from the suspect vehicle.

Additional officers responded to the scene of the shooting and discovered a male victim on the floor with a single gunshot wound. The man, identified as Mark Armick III of Gun Barrel City, Texas, was later pronounced deceased by Henderson County Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollock.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed the passenger in the suspect vehicle was taken against their will, according to the department.

Washington, a registered sex offender, is being held at the Henderson County Jail on a $1.5 million bond for murder and $100,000 bonds for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He is also charged unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.

Washington’s criminal history in Henderson County includes charges for disorderly conduct and parole violations in connection with an aggravated sexual assault conviction in Kansas.