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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Michael Owensby, 44 of Ferris, was fatally shot April 10 while riding his motorcycle on Highway 780 causing a one vehicle crash, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

When Texas Department of Public Safety officers arrived on the scene, it appeared Owensby hit a ditch and began flipping.

An older model Harley-Davidson was found nearly 30 feet away according to reports.

While first being looked into as a traffic accident, when the medical examiner discovered a bullet wound, the ESCO started looking into the crime scene.

Lt. Jason Westmoreland, head of criminal investigations at the ECSO confirmed they have guys on the field and will be continuing further investigation.

"Right now, I have two persons of interest, we are trying to locate them now," said Westmoreland.

Owensby, an on and off again employee for Stovall’s, a motorcycle shop in Dallas, was a sought after worker.

"[He’s] like a boy of mine, he was something else," said Jimmy Stovall, owner.

"He was very unusual, very smart, could have been anything he wanted to be but, he chose to be a motorcycle mechanic because he wanted to."

Known as "Hammer" to his friends, he was widely known to have a heart of gold and more lifelong friends and brothers than most people ever have.

Owensby was a former president and member of the South Dallas chapter of the Scorpions Motorcycle Club.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 972-825-4901.

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