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Police Arrest Suspect in Domanic Thrasher Murder

Wichita Falls, Texas - Wichita Falls Police stated during a press conference on Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the murder of Domanic Thrasher.

On June 2nd, police responded to a call about gunshots at the intersection of Yuma Trail and Gunnision Drive. 

According to police, the victim, Domanic Thrasher, was walking near the intersection when two people in a dark SUV drove by and fired multiple shots.

The 21-year-old was shot multiple times in the chest and body.  Police said he was treated at the scene and then rushed to United Regional where he was later pronounced dead.  

In a press conference on Friday, police stated that they have arrested 19-year-old Whitney O'Brien as a suspect that is believed to be involved in the murder of Domanic Thrasher.

O'Brien was arrested on Tuesday, June 29th, for various outstanding warrants following an evidentiary search warrant that was served in the 2600 block of Southwest Parkway. Detectives were able to gather evidence during the search warrant as well as other evidence during the investigation. 

During the investigation, they were able to get an additional warrant for the arrest of O'Brien in the murder of Domanic Thrasher. The warrant was served later that Tuesday.

According to the arrest affidavit, while officers were processing the crime scene, officers spoke to several witnesses who described the suspect vehicle as a dark colored SUV. Witness reports indicated that at the time of the shooting a white female was seen standing over the victim who was down in the street, while someone inside the SUV was shooting at him.

At the emergency room, the victim's cell phone was collected as evidence. Information was retrieved from the phone and it was discovered that during the hours and minutes leading up to the shooting, the victim had been sending & receiving texts and calls from an individual associated with a certain phone number. The content of the text messaging indicated that the victim and the other party were attempting to facilitate a drug deal.

A records check of the phone number revealed that the owner/operator of the phone was the boyfriend of a Whitney O'Brien.

On June 4, 2015, information was received naming three individuals as possible suspects in the murder. The person providing the information advised that the white female that was present during the shooting was named Whitney. The anonymous tipster also named the driver of the vehicle and the actual shooter.

The anonymous tip indicated that the victim had been attempting to purchase an amount of marijuana from the driver and the shooter. The tip advised that when the parties met, the victim attempted to run off with the marijuana and was shot.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the alleged shooter was associated with O'Brien via social media (Facebook).

On July 29, 2015, three separate interviews were conducted with cooperating witnesses who all advised that O'Brien told them that she had participated in the homicide of Domanic Thrasher on June 2, 2015. All three of the cooperating witnesses advised that O'Brien told them that she had gone with the driver and  the shooter to complete a drug transaction coordinated via text messages and calls, utilizing her boyfriend's telephone.

Police are still looking into a connection between the Yuma shooting and the Westmoreland shooting, and are not ruling out a connection.

O'Brien’s bond amount is currently over one million dollars.

Stay tuned to Newschannel 6 as we bring you more updates.

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