Arrest affidavits released after deadly shooting in Harker Heights High School parking lot

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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas – Arrest affidavits show that the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Quinton Ford began as an illegal attempt to sell a gun in a high school parking lot.

Three individuals have been arrested, and all have now been arraigned on charges, and are currently in the Bell County Jail.

Endy Neri Soto

They have been identified Endy Neri Soto, who is charged with Deadly Conduct Discharge Firearm, $500,000 bond; Taja West, who is charged with Aggravated Robbery, $500,000 bond; and Ethan Wade Trainer who is charged with aggravated robbery with bond set at $125,000.

Ethan Wade Trainer

According to the arrest affidavits, Trainer told police he went to the parking lot on April 20th to buy a handgun from Endy Neri Soto, who showed up with his girlfriend. While there, police say Quinton Ford and Taja West drove up.

Trainer told police that Ford tried to grab an ‘AR’ from Soto’s car, and that Soto opened fire with his handgun, hitting Ford.

Soto also spoke to police officers, who say he admitted to shooting Ford. The arrest affidavit says Soto claimed Ford and West fired at him first.

Police say Soto’s girlfriend, who is a minor, shared videos of the encounter with them. Investigators say one video shows a standoff between Soto, Trainer, and West where they all yell at each other.

In another video, investigators say you can hear gunshots and Soto’s girlfriend yelling, “Babe, why are you shooting at him?”

The following timeline for the night of the event is provided by the Harker Heights Police Department:

11:09 pm: 11:12 pm Six calls reporting shots fired.

11:11 pm: Police units dispatched to the call.

11:12 pm: First police unit arrives on the scene.

11:19 pm: Officer notes an individual may be hiding in the woods and is possibly shot – prior to finding Quinton Ford.

11:20 pm: Officer requests EMS.

11:20 pm: Officers find Quinton Ford in a wooded area off Verna Lee due to the assistance of a family member who Ford contacted.

11:21 pm: Officers began life-saving measures. One of the officers rendering aid is combat life-saver military trained.

11:26 pm: EMS arrived on the scene.

11:27 pm: Quinton Ford is placed on a gurney.

11:28 pm: Quinton Ford is placed in the ambulance and immediately began receiving advanced cardiac life support, to include CPR. EMS consulted the City’s Medical Director on the care of the patient. The determination was made to carry the patient to Seton Medical Center after consultation with the City’s Medical Director given the severity of the injuries.

11:44 pm: EMS departs for Seton Medical Hospital.

11:49 pm: EMS arrives at Seton Medical Hospital.

12:08 am: Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson pronounces Ford deceased.

Harker Heights Fire/EMS, the Bell County Organized Crime Unit, Texas DPS Troopers, the Killeen Police Department, the Killeen ISD Police Department and the Nolanville Police Department all assisted Harker Heights Police in this investigation.

Source: Harker Heights Police Department

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