Christopher Canington

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is crediting the quick actions of one of a deputy during the arrest of a suspect in a Sunday afternoon shooting.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks issued a statement indicating deputies were dispatched at approximately 3:50 p.m. Sunday to the 10700 block of Maplewood Drive in Wills Point in regards to a shooting call.

During the course of the initial investigation it was determined a dispute between neighbors had escalated to one of the subjects shooting and striking a person in the leg.

The suspect, identified as Christopher Lee Canington, 36, from Wills Point was detained. The victim was located a short time later with a gunshot to the upper leg. Deputy Hunter Hall immediately applied his Sheriff’s Office issued tourniquet until AMR could make scene.  

Canington was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Hunt County Detention Center. The victim was transported by AMR to a local hospital for his injury and his condition was to immediately known.  

Canington was being held in the jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

“I believe that everyone recalls that horrible night when five Dallas officers were killed but one of things that came out of that tragedy was for officers to carry tourniquets on their duty belts,” Meeks said. “I commend Deputy Hunter Hall with the quick thinking to care for the victim while he was waiting on AMR. I would also like to thank the Quinlan and West Tawakoni Police Departments for assisting us on this call.”

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