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Murder suspect identified following arrest in Sunnyside

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Authorities have identified a murder suspect who was taken into custody Thursday morning following a search and pursuit in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Wichita Falls.


PREVIOUS STORY: Murder suspect arrested after pursuit in Sunnyside

Darren Jerome King, 33, of Wichita Falls, was taken into custody on Thursday, May 23, 2024, and charged with murder in connection to the death of Deron Royster on May 12 in the 1400 block of New Haven Road.

According to Sgt. Charlie Eipper, Public Information Officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department, at around 10:38 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, officers with the WFPD Patrol Section and the WFPD Special Operations Unit arrested King.

Sgt. Eipper said officers found King in the 1600 block of Hamlin Avenue, and when they attempted to arrest him, he evaded the officers on foot.

According to Sgt. Eipper, King was eventually found hiding in a nearby chicken coop and was taken into custody. He said King was transported to the WFPD station for questioning.

Authorities said Royster was found with an injury to his left eye on May 12 after WFPD officers responded to a welfare check. Police said Royster was unable to explain his injury and other individuals at the scene were uncooperative.


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According to police, Royster was transported to United Regional and eventually to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for his injury. He was later found to have a bullet in his brain.

Royster succumbed to his injury on May 14, according to authorities. His death was investigated as a murder.

A records check on King showed five previous arrests in Wichita County since 2007 on charges of aggravated robbery, assault, violating parole, and several evading charges.

Further details regarding King’s role in Royster’s murder have not been released at this time.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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