1 arrested in Jackson Heights shooting, 1 at large

Jylon Cross, 19
Jylon Cross, 19(Smith County Jail)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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CHAPEL HILL, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler Police and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office say they have located one of two suspects they were searching for In connection with a suspected shooting.

From Smith County Sheriff’s Office:

Through the course of this investigation, Smith County Investigators were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle, a red and black late model Chevrolet Camaro, through the use of law enforcement technology. The owner of the vehicle was determined to be Jylon Cross – 19 of the Jackson Heights Community. Investigators were able to locate the vehicle on CR 489 near Tyler and maintained surveillance until additional units could arrive.

Prior to the arrival of additional law enforcement personnel, the vehicle left this location. Investigators followed the suspect to a convenience store on US Hwy 69 North just south of Swan. At this time, Investigators made a tactical approach and were able to secure the driver, who was subsequently

identified as Jylon Cross. Investigators located a short-barreled Semi-automatic rifle, fully loaded, sitting upright in the passenger floorboard. Due to the quick and decisive actions of the Investigators, Cross was taken into custody without incident and no one was harmed. Also, Investigators located a large amount of a controlled substance as well as marijuana inside of the suspect vehicle.

Jylon Cross was taken into custody and booked into the Smith County Jail for the criminal offenses of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >= 400g and Carrying a Prohibited Weapon.

This afternoon, Investigators presented two arrest affidavits to the Honorable Judge Reeves Jackson of the 114th State Judicial Court. Judge Jackson issued two warrants of arrest on Jylon Cross for the offense of Aggravated Robbery. A bond of $300,000 was seat on each warrant. These additional offenses will be added to Jylon Cross’ charges within the hour.

At this time, one additional suspect is at large. Investigators are following up on leads pertaining to this second suspect. This continues to be an active investigation and further details will be disseminated as they become available.


An injured man showed up at a home in the 3400 block of Jackson Avenue suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to Smith County Sheriff PIO, Larry Christian. Emergency crews were sent to the Jackson Heights community area in Chapel Hill and the victim was taken to UT Health -Tyler.

An orange Camaro is the possible suspect vehicle and possibly two suspects were inside that vehicle, according to Christian. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office reports the suspects apparently fired rounds from a vehicle toward the victim and fled the area in an unknown direction of travel.

The sheriff’s office is currently searching for the vehicle and the Tyler Police Department is assisting with the search inside Tyler city limits.

If you have any information on this incident please call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600.

This is an ongoing investigation and details will be released as they become available.

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