ARGYLE — Argyle police arrested and charged Ryan Anthony Matthews, 31, of Argyle with murder in connection with the shooting death of another man early Monday morning.
Investigators with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office did not identify the victim of the shooting, believed to be in his late 50s.
Police believe the victim and the suspect knew each other, according to a statement issued early Monday by Argyle police.
At about 4:20 a.m. Monday, dispatchers received a 911 call reporting gunshots at 700 Cypress St. Argyle police discovered the victim when they arrived. They arrested Matthews after investigating the incident, according to the police statement.
The homicide is believed to be the first in Argyle since the town’s police department was founded in 1981, and the first since Police Chief William Tackett joined the department in 1992, Tackett said.
In 1978, Texas Ranger Bobby Paul Doherty was killed in a drug raid on Hickory Hill Road, but it’s not clear whether the incident was inside the town limits at that time.
Argyle (population 3,300), located 10 miles south of Denton, enjoys a low crime rate, according to national crime data. Argyle police typically investigate more than 100 crimes each year, the majority of which are property crimes, such as thefts and burglaries, according to department reports.
Monday’s shooting occurred in a rental home in “Old Town” Argyle about a block and a half from police headquarters on U.S. Highway 377. The 1965-era house is among a handful of older homes still standing in the original village, which was platted along the Texas and Pacific Railroad line that came through in the mid-1880s.
Over the past 10 years, builders have squeezed dozens of new homes with a vintage look onto the tiny, tree-covered lots in Old Town.
Crime scene tape cordoned off part of Cypress Street on Monday morning, forcing the driver of a Republic Services garbage truck to back into the quiet neighborhood to finish his route.
Neighbors said they didn’t know the family.
Investigators with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office assisted Argyle police in collecting evidence from the scene Monday morning.
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.
FEATURED PHOTO: Police investigators move in and out of a house at 700 Cypress St. in Argyle, where a homicide was reported at about 4 a.m. Monday.