The suspect in the Friday afternoon shooting of Lauren Landavazo and Makayla Smith has been arrested.
On Sunday, 20-year-old Kody Austin Lott was charged with murder and aggravated assault. He was taken into custody for possession of a prohibited weapon on Sunday afternoon.
As reported by the Times Record News, Wichita Falls Police Department Chief Manuel Borrego said Lott admitted that he had committed the time. The suspect “gave a full confession of the shooting and to the murder and aggravated assault,” Borrego said.
Kody Lott arrest ‘affected community’
“This affected our whole community, so it was with much gratitude that our citizens got involved with us,” Borrego said. “Also, I have to give a lot of credit to the long hours put in by our detectives. We weren’t going to end until we got this thing solved.”
Lott was arrested after the police department received a suspicious persons call. An eyewitness said a brief chase between the suspect and officers occurred after the latter arrived at the Braum’s on Southwest Parkway.
As reported by the Texoma’s Homepage, the eyewitness said the appearance of the suspect was the same as the description of the shooter given by the police.
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Kody Lott arrested: Held on $4M bond
Lott is currently held on a $4 million bond at the Wichita County Jail.
The shooting occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Victims Landavazo and Smith were walking home in an alleyway between the 5200 blocks of Kingston and Tower drives around 3:30 p.m. when they were shot. While Landavazo died from her injuries, Smith is currently in stable condition.
“We were hoping we could make this arrest, so the city could breathe and feel safe when our kids go back to school on Tuesday,” Borrego said. “I’m hoping this brings a little bit of justice to Lauren and Makayla — that we could at least get the arrest made and let this thing run through the justice system.”