Drew Quinonez, 19, Dayton Quinonez, 18, and Devin Garcia, 17, all from El Campo, have been arrested on murder charges in the death of Shane Singleton.
On Feb. 23, El Campo Police Department officers found Shane Singleton, 21, of El Campo, shot in a vehicle on Alvin Street in El Campo.
Singleton was airlifted to a hospital in Houston, where he was later pronounced deceased.
ECPD Chief of Police Gary Williamson said Singleton was the victim of a Facebook sale turned robbery and ended in murder.
Williamson told The County Gin, “Singleton arranged to meet with one of the suspects concerning an item posted on social media for sale.”
When Singleton arrived to discuss the purchase, the encounter turned into a robbery.
“Mr. Singleton fought back and then, he was shot,” Williamson told The Gin. “It’s a very sad situation and ECPD would like to offer our condolences to Mr. Singleton’s family.
The investigation is still on-going and the three remain in custody.
Williamson encourages anyone arranging to make purchases through social media or websites to use a public place under video surveillance for in-person transactions.
These public places could include a busier, well-lit parking lot or Safe Meeting Spots designated by local law enforcement.
“The south end of the ECPD parking lot is designated a Safe Meeting Spots for transactions and is under video surveillance,” Williamson said.
As the investigation continues, the police chief issued a statement thanking partnered agencies for their assistance in this investigation.
“We would like to thank our partner agencies that we have been working with over the past couple of weeks on this case and others: Department of Public Safety, Texas Ranger David Chauvin, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Wharton County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshall’s Office and the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force.”
Individuals with information concerning this investigation are asked to contact the El Campo Police Department at 979-543-5311.