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Temple Police arrest suspect in weekend shooting that left one dead

Posted at 12:16 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 13:16:42-05

TEMPLE, TX — On Nov. 24, the Temple Police Department Violent Crimes Enforcement Squad, Criminal Investigations Division and Special Investigations Unit arrested Seth Richards, 21, on charges of felony murder. Richards is a suspect in the murder of Clayton Pratt, 30, on Nov. 22.

On Nov. 24, 2020, at about 10:26 p.m. investigators continued to follow up on leads in the search for Richards and arrived at the 600 block of N 8th St. in Temple.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male on the backside of the house who opened the back door. The male stated that Seth Richards, a suspect in a TPD murder investigation, was in the residence. Officers ordered all occupants to come out of the house and saw Richards. Officers ordered him to come outside. Richards came outside and was placed in handcuffs and told he had a warrant for his arrest.

He was transported to the Temple Police Department to speak to detectives and then transported to Bell County Jail without incident.

“This is excellent work by our officers, investigators and our violent crimes task force,” Police Chief Shawn Reynolds said. “Taking this violent offender into custody keeps our public and our community safe and allows us to continue to focus not only on solving, but also preventing crime in Temple.”