Updated at 8:25 p.m. Friday: Revised throughout to include additional details.
Police say the 16-year-old victim of Thursday’s fatal shooting near Arlington High School had intervened to keep the suspect from bullying another boy in the days prior to the incident.
The juvenile suspect at first denied being involved but the incident was captured by surveillance cameras in the apartment complex where the crime happened, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.
Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman, told the station that the footage shows the suspect producing a handgun from the back of his pants, pointing it at the victim and firing a round. A spent .40-caliber shell casing was recovered at the scene, Cook said.
Arlington police announced the arrest on Twitter about 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The suspect was not identified because of his age.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim Friday as Samuel Reynolds. The boy’s mother told NBC5 he was a sophomore at the high school.
We have made an arrest in the tragic death of an @ArlingtonISD student this evening. The suspect, a male juvenile, was taken into custody by detectives without incident. Due to the juvenile’s age, we cannot relase his identity. We have a lot of work to do on this case tonight. pic.twitter.com/g0ltpJDTpF
— Will Johnson (@ArlingtonChief) February 7, 2020
Officers had been dispatched about 4:30 p.m. to an injured person call in the 900 block of Benge Drive, just north of the school.
There, they found Reynolds suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He died at a nearby hospital.
According to Cook, investigators were told by the teen’s family that he began “having trouble with the suspect” after breaking up a fight between the suspect and a “smaller boy” who was being picked on, NBC5 said.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for expenses faced by the boy’s mother describes him as an avid soccer fan who enjoyed jet-skiing with his grandfather.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Grant Gildon at 817-459-5691. Anonymous tips can be left with Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.