Police Investigate Murder Near UNT Campus


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Police are looking for a suspect in a murder near the University of North Texas in Denton that remains unsolved.

Cory Johnson, 43, was found shot Wednesday at his apartment shortly after 10 p.m. and died soon afterward.

Denton police responded to a 911 call about gunshots and discovered Johnson’s door was slightly open.

“They approached that door and they called out to see if there were any potential occupants inside and they did hear a response from somebody asking for help,” Denton Police Officer Allison Beckwith told NBC 5.

Responding officers attempted to save Johnson’s life prior to transporting him to a local hospital, but he died shortly before midnight.

“I can confirm right now that we were able to speak with him briefly prior to him being transported but I can’t go into the details right now about what our officer was able to speak with him about,” Beckwith said.

Johnson’s apartment complex, located in the 1000 block of Eagle Drive, is just off the UNT campus, causing alarm for students of the nearby university.

Beckwith said there was no danger to the public at large.

“We are working diligently to solve this case and have a great team on the case working to find out what happened,” she said.

No arrests have been made, and no suspects have been named.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Det. Tommy Potts at 940-349-8144. Anonymous tips can be provided to Denton County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-388-TIPS.

Denton’s murder rate gives residents a one in 342 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, according to Neighborhood Scout.

The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Dallas are even higher at one in 116, according to the same source.

The Dallas Express continues to cover the epidemic of crime across the metroplex, including through the Crime Boss series. The current Crime Boss is District 11’s Jaynie Schultz, who oversaw an 18.16% year-over-year spike in crime from December 2021 to December 2022.

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