Texas murder suspect allegedly phoned people from police interview room to get rid of weapons for him

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Source: MEGA; Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Sep. 22 2021, Published 9:27 a.m. ET

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A Texas man was arrested for murder after he allegedly called multiple people while in a police interview room and told them to dispose of weapons, authorities said.

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On Sept. 9, Ernest Franks, 40, and a woman who has not been identified were in a parking lot in San Antonio when a person in a red Dodge Grand Caravan opened fire on the two.

Police recovered at the scene a shell casing from an AR-15 rifle.

Franks was hit multiple times and rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away from his injuries. The woman underwent several surgeries, reportedly including an amputation.

Investigators zeroed in on a suspect, Terrance Dwayne Reed, 34, after tipsters said he and the murder victim, Franks, had “prior history,” KSAT-TV reported, citing an affidavit.

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Police allegedly learned Reed had told an unnamed person he shot Franks and the woman, the affidavit claims.


San Antonio police officers and U.S. Marshals Service agents detained Reed after an anonymous caller told authorities his location and he was brought in for questioning.

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Reed denied his involvement in the shooting. When he was alone in the interview room, however, he allegedly phoned multiple people, the affidavit states, and told them to get rid of a “stick,” “mini” and other weapons.

Authorities said he also told a girlfriend “to lie to [the San Antonio Police Department] and say that they were in South Padre Island together.”

Reed, already wanted on a parole violation, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in connection to the parking lot shooting. He is being held on $350,000 bond.


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