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Texas SWAT Arrest Man After Fatal Shooting

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On July 17, at around 4:20 a.m., police in Amarillo, Texas, received a call concerning a man who had been brought to a local hospital in that city with a gunshot wound.

The man, who was subsequently identified as 31-year-old Javier Hernandez, died of his injuries shortly after that. Officers with the Amarillo Police Department have now arrested a man in connection with the murder: 21-year-old Oscar Adame.


After speaking to witnesses, officers learned that the shooting occurred close to South Fairfield Street in the 350 block of Southeast 11th Avenue, an area with a Family Dollar store and Gold Star Bingo Hall nearby. According to what police have been able to determine, Hernandez seems to have been involved in an argument with several other men.

When the argument grew especially heated, one of the men — allegedly Adame — pulled out a gun and shot Hernandez. The exact nature of Hernandez’s gunshot wound is not clear. If witnesses revealed to the police what the argument between these men was about, police have not publicly said anything about that subject.

After conducting their investigation, police issued a warrant for Adame’s arrest and were able to find him inside of a home in the 9900 block of Plaudit Trail in Potter County, Texas. Knowing him to have been armed, police called in a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Team), which then executed a successful raid on the house and arrested Adame.

Adame was charged with murder and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. His bail was set at $250,000.

In the state of Texas, murder is a first-degree felony. On that count alone, it carries a penalty of anywhere between five and 99 years, or life, in prison, plus a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Additionally, if taken to trial and convicted, Adame would not be eligible for probation and would be required to serve at least half of whatever sentence had been handed down to him before he could be eligible for parole. The details of all this can vary with the specifics of sentencing, however.      

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