Armed person of interest sought in double killing in west Bexar County

Update: 4:30 p.m., January 19.

One suspect is in custody and another person, considered armed and dangerous, is being sought in the case of a double killing on the Far Westside of Bexar County. The identities of two men shot and killed, one believed to be in his late 40s and the other in his early 50s, were not released.

Officers responding to a call at 1:27 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, found the men dead, both with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar. He said an argument over car keys escalated into the shooting.

“What we believe at this point is that this argument that escalated to the point of gunshots being fired, and the victims losing their lives, was that it was an argument over the keys to a car that I believe the female suspect, [Sheryce] Wiley-Taylor, and at least one of the victims co-owned,” Salazar said.

Witnesses said two people were spotted fleeing the scene to a nearby apartment.

When heading toward that apartment, deputies were met by Wiley-Taylor, 42. She was arrested and charged with capital murder after initially presenting herself as a witness to the murders.

“But upon talking to her, it was pretty obvious to the arresting deputies, and of course to our investigators later, that she was much more than just a witness that she was claiming to be. She pretty much bore a lot of responsibility in the murders of these two men. Salazar said.

Taylor’s 25-year-old son, Deleon Malik Taylor-Griffin, is considered a person of interest in the case. Salazar said Taylor-Griffin has warrants unrelated to the killings from the state of Washington and is believed to be armed and dangerous. His out-of-state warrants are for failure to appear on a prior, domestic violence, and burglary.

“We believe he was present during the attack itself, or immediately thereafter,” the sheriff said.

Salazar is asking for people not to confront him if they see him, but to instead call law enforcement with any information at 210-335-6000 or by emailing bcsotips@bexar.org. BCSO is also asking him to come in and share his side of the story of the incident.

“Obviously he is going to have to face face the music for his warrants out of Washington State. There’s certainly nothing we can do to help him with that other than to make sure that he’s arrested for that. However, we would like to give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story with regard to this case here,” Salazar said.

Original story below:

Two men were found dead after a reported shooting in front of an apartment complex in the Far Westside of Bexar County on Thursday, January 19, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the BCSO, the shooting took place around 2 a.m. at the Villages at Briggs Ranch apartments in the 5500 block of Mansions Bluff, not far from Highway 90 and Highway 211.

BCSO said deputies arrived and found the men both dead from apparent gunshot wounds outside the apartment gate. One of the men was found outside of the car with the door wide open and the other was in the parking lot near a walkway, police said.

The men were in their late 40s or early 50s, BCSO said.

Officials said the shooting occurred after an argument. BCSO said that they believe the victims and the suspects knew each other. The sheriff’s office noted that they are not clear about the nature of the relationship. 

During the investigation, BCSO said they found a woman connected to the shooting and took her into custody. BCSO said she lives at the apartment complex. The woman’s name and age were not disclosed.

Investigators did not reveal the identities of the victims or the motive of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this case, call Bexar County Sheriff’s Office at (210) 335-6000.

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