ROYSE CITY, TX (November 21, 2022) On Saturday, November 19, 2022 at approximately 3:40 pm, 911 received a call that a male subject was unresponsive and not breathing at a residence located at 5420 FM2625. The Royse City Police Department responded to the scene along with EMS personnel from the Hunt County AMR Ambulance Service and the Royse City Fire Department. Life-saving measures such as CPR were administered, but the male subject died. The deceased subject was identified as Eric Lamont O’Bryant.
Eric O’Bryant had been the suspect in a homicide investigation into the death of Larry Deshaun Baker, who was found shot multiple times at Eric O’Bryant’s residence in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13, 2022. The Royse City Police Department has been investigating the homicide and has made the decision not to arrest Eric O’Bryant on the murder charge, instead the case will be referred to the Hunt County Grand Jury to determine if charges apply.
The decision to refer the case to the Hunt County Grand Jury rather than make an arrest was based on eyewitness information and physical evidence at the scene. After completing the investigation, detectives were able to determine the following events. On November 12, 2022, a Huntsville, TX woman, identified as Brook Rice, was dropped off at Eric O’Bryant’s Royse City residence for the weekend. In the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13, 2022, Brooke Rice called two Huntsville-area subjects identified as Larry Deshaun Baker and Elem Wynne III and asked them to come find her. At around 5:45 a.m., the two subjects arrived at the location. For unknown reasons, the two subjects were armed with a shotgun and a baseball bat and forced their way into the house. Eric O’Bryant, who was armed with a pistol, shot the subjects as they entered the front door of his home. Larry Deshaun Baker was struck multiple times and left the home and collapsed in the driveway where responding officers found him dead. Elem Wynne III and Brooke Rice fled the scene, but a witness called 911 and gave a description of his vehicle. While fleeing the scene, the subjects threw a shotgun from the car into a grassy area on FM 35 which was later recovered by officers. A Royse City police officer who was responding to the call observed the suspect vehicle leaving the area. A traffic stop was held where Elem Wynne III and Brooke Rice were taken into custody without incident. The subjects were later arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence and booked into the Hunt County Detention Center.
Shortly after arriving at the scene of the shooting, officers were able to determine that Eric O’Bryant, the person living in the residence, had also fled the scene. Eric O’Bryant was believed to have fled on foot into a wooded area behind the residence. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him. A search warrant was obtained for the residence of Eric O’Bryant and the search resulted in the location of a small amount of methamphetamine in the home. An arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance was then obtained for Eric O’Bryant. On Monday, November 14, 2022, a local resident observed Eric O’Bryant coming out of a wooded area near his home. Officers responded to the area and he was taken into custody. Eric O’Bryant was transported to the Hunt County Detention Center and listed on the warrant for possession of a controlled substance. On November 15, 2022, Eric O’Bryant was released on bond and released from the Hunt County Detention Center.
On Saturday, November 19, 2022 at around 3:40 pm, an employer of Eric O’Bryant called 911 and said that he had come to the residence to pick up Eric O’Bryant and found him unconscious in the home. The exact cause of death is not known at this time, but it appears that it may be the result of a serious medical event. There were no signs of foul play and nothing suspicious was found at the scene. An autopsy was ordered along with a toxicology report to determine the cause of death. There is no further information at this time.
Press release submitted by the Royse City Police Department.