Texas man fatally shoots partner after finding child porn on device, police say

Police: Man fatally shoots partner after finding child porn

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — A Texas man is accused of fatally shooting his partner with a stolen gun after finding child pornography on his digital device, according to an arrest affidavit.

Robert Ernst Price, 51, of Arlington, is charged with the murder of Nathaniel Charles Snell, 32, of Arlington, according to Smith County jail records. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Tyler was arrested July 23 after a joint homicide investigation between the sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and the Arlington Police Department, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

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According to the arrest affidavit, a Smith County deputy responded to a 911 call at 5:40 a.m. on July 20 from the State Park Gas Station, KLTV reported. The caller told a dispatcher she heard two gunshots and that a man who came into the store had been shot in the chest. The caller said she also saw a GMC Terrain SUV leaving the parking lot, the Morning Telegraph reported.

Deputy Adam Chambless arrived at the store and found Snell lying on the floor and unresponsive, KLTV reported. Chambless attempted to revive Snell with CPR but the man died at the scene, the television station reported.

According to the sheriff’s office, Price and Snell shared a room in an Arlington house. The owner of the house told detectives that the men, who were in a romantic relationship, were arguing in their room during the early morning hours of July 20, KLTV reported.

The homeowner told detectives that the argument was over Price finding child pornography on Snell’s device, according to the affidavit. Detectives said that methamphetamine paraphernalia was also found in the room, and it was determined that Snell had to vacate the premises, KLTV reported. The man said the Price and Snell left in an SUV.

Video surveillance at the convenience store showed the SUV pulling into the parking lot. The vehicle was still moving when Snell attempted to jump from the vehicle and a gunshot was heard, the television station reported. A second gunshot was heard, and Snell can be seen falling to the ground, KLTV reported.

The sheriff’s office said Arlington police Chief Jaime Ayala and his department was helpful in the case.

“Their assistance was invaluable to the successful identification and apprehension of this homicide suspect,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.