A man is dead after a confrontation in Throckmorton. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 63-year-old Brian Blair, of Midland, was shot and killed by 48-year-old David Sprawls, of Throckmorton, on Saturday.
DPS told KTXS when Blair went to Sprawls home on Minters Street, they got in an argument and Blair attacked Sprawls with a knife. That?s when Sprawls shot and killed Blair.
The Texas Rangers are investigating this case. As of Monday afternoon, no charges had been filed against Sprawls because the shooting appears to be self-defense.
On Monday, some Throckmorton residents said they are confused that this could happen in their small town of 800 people and other said they do not feel safe at all.
?It feels odd because it's been many of days since there's been a murder here,? Fred Jackson, Throckmorton resident, said. ?It's been awhile."
The last incident of this kind happened back in 2002 when a man killed his three children before turning the gun on himself.
Although a murder-suicide has happened in Throckmorton, one resident said he still feels safe.
?Oh yeah, I'm safe. I'm not worried about it,? Derral Davis said.
While some say the murder of Blair does not scare them, others feel differently.
?There's a lot of people that sleep with guns under their pillows because they don't feel safe," Lynn Davis explained. ?As far as I'm concerned, it's not the first one that's happened here and it probably won't be the last one."
KTXS also spoke with Mark Blair, who is the dead man?s brother. Mark told KTXS losing his brother is tough for his whole family because they were all very close. He also said it's catastrophic because of the lack of information he is getting from the Throckmorton Sheriff's Department.