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Suspect arrested at crime scene
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FERRIS - A Ferris native was killed Monday afternoon, Nov. 27 in his home in the 600 block of East Fifth Street.

Richard Hathcock, 42, the only son of Bill and Twina Hathcock, was pronounced dead at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas shortly after being CareFlited around 3 p.m.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available, but police said they have arrested a suspect, 24-ye-ar-old Billy Hale and he has been transported to the Ellis County jail.

Police said they believed Hathcock had gotten into an argument with Hale, the son of Hath-cock's girlfri-end, Vicki Mc-Call.
According to police, Hath-cock was found in a closet and had been shot once in the head, but was still alive when they arrived on the scene.

It was not reported what type of gun was used.

Ferris Lt. Mike Zaidle worked the scene and transported Hale in handcuffs to the police station before returning to the scene to transport another male, believed to be a younger brother who reportedly discovered the shooting after returning home from school.

'We do have the shooter,' Ferris Police Chaplain and part-time police dispatcher Doug Childress said.

Joyce Ritchie, a neighbor living across the street from Hathcock, said he appeared to be a hard-working man and it was sad to see this happen to him. 'He's from good people,' Ritchie said noting she was in the same graduating class as the deceased's father.

Wilmer and Palmer responded to the call for backup with additional police units.

Wilmer also sent its fire chief and ambulance to assist the Ferris Fire/EMS department.

Hathcock was co-owner of H&H Electrical Service on Central Avenue with his friend Richard Hazard.

Family members said Hathcock was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his parents of Ferris; sister and brother-in-law; Candice and Eddie Duran; nieces Samantha Duran and Lindsay Duran Walton and husband Matt; great-niece Tinsley Walton; and Vicki McCall and children DeeAnn Bolin and Danny Cheatwood, all of Ferris.

Visitation will be held at the Ferris First Baptist Church on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Services will be Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the church with Matthew Sosebee and Randy Sessions officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Green's Funeral Home of Ferris.

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