Deanthony Blakely

Deanthony Blakely

UPDATE at 11:15 a.m. on 5/17/19 with information about the suspect.

NEYLANDVILLE — The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is reporting one arrest in connection with a homicide in Neylandville early Thursday morning.

According to a statement released Thursday afternoon, the office received a 911 call at around 12:40 a.m. Thursday, about a person being shot at a residence in the 2100 block of County Road 4311.

As deputies responded it was learned the suspect had fled the scene on foot and was currently at large.

American Medical Response and patrol deputies made scene and attempted life saving measures on the victim, however their attempts were unsuccessful. The victim Michael Anthony Fluellen, 59, of Neylandville was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

An immediate search was conducted for the suspect in the shooting and as additional help was arriving to the scene first responders reported ta subject was standing in a field on an adjacent property. Deputies began a search of this area and the suspect was located and detained without incident.

Based upon information obtained during the course of the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division, the suspect, who was later identified as Deanthony Blakely, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting, and remains in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center. Bond was not immediately set in the case.

Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden performed the inquest and ordered an autopsy be performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“I want to commend all the deputies and first responders for working together on this case to make sure the suspect was located a short time after the murder was committed,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

Fluellen’s death was the fourth homicide reported in Hunt County so far in 2019.

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