Suspects charged with murder after Levelland shooting

Suspects charged with murder after Levelland shooting
Matthew Paul Cruz, 20 (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Paul Cruz, 20 (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office)
Canyon Brent Faull (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office)
Canyon Brent Faull (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office)

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - The two suspects in the shooting death of 27-year-old Matthew Sanchez have now been charged with murder. Sanchez passed away Monday, a day after the shooting.

According to officials, 20-year-old Matthew Paul Cruz and 19-year-old Canyon Brent Faull, both current residents of Levelland were arrested and initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Their charges were upgraded after Sanchez died. Officials say they were all roommates.

Police officers in Levelland were called to a house in the 100 block of Hickory Street around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2017.

When police arrived, they found Sanchez in the street with multiple gunshot wounds.

Sanchez was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Police reports say Sanchez was shot as he was walking into the house, and was shot an unknown number of times as he tried to run away from the gunfire. During the investigation, detectives learned Cruz had a previous conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded guilty to that charge and received deferred adjudication.

The police report says Faull told detectives he hid the weapon used in the shooting under the mattress in his bedroom.

Police say a 12-gauge shotgun was recovered from the house during the investigation. They also found spent shell casing, shotgun pellets and DNA at the scene.

Both Cruz and Faull are being held in the Hockley County Jail on a $505,000 combined bond each.

Faull is originally from Eldorado, TX and Cruz is originally from Brownfield.

There is no word on what instigated the shooting. The case is still under investigation. The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation, as well as the District Attorney's Office for the 286th Judicial District of Hockley and Cochran Counties.

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