AMARILLO, Texas — Amarillo police said Wednesday that a dead man whose body was dumped Monday night on a west Amarillo street died of a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Police reportedly released preliminary autopsy results in the death of Lance Lee Hooser, 29, whose body was tossed in the middle of South Bryan Street just north of Southwest Third Avenue.
Hooser was found by police shortly after 6:50 p.m., when police were called to the intersection for an assault, according to Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit Lt. Erick Bohannon. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, Bohannon said.
The lieutenant said an off-duty police officer administered CPR before paramedics and officers arrived. He said the death was ruled a homicide, and no shell casings were found near the scene.
Detectives reportedly spoke with witnesses who saw the vehicle that the body was tossed from, and they provided descriptions of the people inside the vehicle that left the scene, but further details were unavailable Wednesday, Bohannon said.
Department of Public Safety records show Hooser had a lengthy history of violent crime. He was convicted in June 2006 of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 137th District Court, stemming from an arrest in Lubbock County, records show.
In May 2004, Hooser was convicted of first-degree felony aggravated robbery in 222nd District Court. In November, Potter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Hooser and charged him with third-degree felony assault of a family or household member by impeding breath or circulation, records show. It show Hooser pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge in December.
Amarillo police are investigating the slaying. Bohannon said anyone with information about the slaying should contact Special Crimes at 806-378-9468.
Meanwhile, police said seven incidents this year in the city are officially categorized as homicides. Authorities said there were 12 homicides in 2012, 10 in 2011, 17 in 2010, 12 in 2009 and 16 in 2008.