The gunshot wound that killed a 46-year-old Dean-area man Sunday was not self-inflicted, said Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons on Monday.
John Derek Hamlin died of a single gunshot to the chest at his home early Sunday morning. No arrests have been made.
“We know that he did not pull the trigger,” said Lemons. “Now we have to find out how the gun was fired.”
At approximately 1:17 a.m. Sunday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic disturbance at 4149 FM 2393 north of Dean. The person making the report stated that “someone had been shot, and needed an ambulance,” according to a CCSO press briefing released at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
When Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies, DPS Troopers and Dean first responders arrived on scene, the body of Hamlin was discovered.
Two witnesses at Hamlin’s home were interviewed and released. Hamlin will undergo an autopsy.
According to court records, Hamlin had been charged with misdemeanor assault for a Jan. 24 incident, with a pending court date of Dec. 1. Lemons does not believe the assault charge and the shooting are connected.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Lemons told The Pioneer Sentinel that the lead role in the investigation had been turned over to the Texas Rangers.