Person of Interest in Slaton shooting is in custody
SLATON, TX (KCBD) - Authorities have a Person of Interest in custody in connection with a shooting in Slaton that left an elderly woman dead and a 24-year-old woman in the hospital.
Police say Samson Blake Oguntope, 21, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at his last known address, 1450 North Knoxville in northwest Lubbock.
Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said Oguntope was not cooperative, but deputies, with guns drawn, were able to take him into custody and transport him to jail. Rowe says Oguntope may have been under the influence of a narcotic.
Authorities are being careful not to call him a suspect at this point, but Sheriff Rowe said there is a very good possibility that Oguntope committed this crime.
Oguntope was a walk-on for the Texas Tech track team, but is not on the current roster. Texas Tech Athletics says Oguntope was cut from the team in April 2010.
Lubbock County online records show that Oguntope was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation in October 2010 and arrested for Theft between $500 and $1500 in September 2011.
Slaton Chief of Police Steven Wheeler said, "We received some calls this morning that a black male was going door to door, talking to residents, asking weird questions - asking when they would be gone from work and would anybody be home, those types of things."
Police questioned Oguntope three hours before the shooting. Oguntope said he was looking for someone and went to the wrong address. Police had no reason to hold him.
Lubbock County sheriffs say the incident involved a possible sexual assault. The incident happened in the 1400 block of West Crosby.
Authorities say an intruder made entry into the home where there was some kind of confrontation that led to the shooting death of an elderly woman.
The woman's caretaker was also shot, but made her way down the block, was able to alert neighbors, and was then taken to UMC, where she underwent surgery.
Authorities believe this was a random act and that the shooter did not know these people.
Slaton schools were on lockdown until 4:45 p.m. The incident occurred one block away from Slaton High School.
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