UPDATE: Affidavit reveals events leading up to murder of Bobby Joe Fernandez

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

The arrest affidavit for Christopher Payne, the suspect in the murder of Bobby Joe Fernandez, reveal the events leading up to the fatal shooting Saturday night, March 6.

According to the affidavit, when officers arrived on the scene at Shop & Go on 32nd Street, Fernandez was already deceased.

Officers watched surveillance footage from Shop & Go that showed Fernandez sitting at a gaming machine inside the store.

The affidavit said officers saw a white male in a grey hoodie, blue jeans, red bandana over his nose and mouth, baseball hat and gloves approach Fernandez.

According to the affidavit, the subject can be heard saying “you got my money” to Fernandez on another security camera that captures audio.

The affidavit said after some inaudible dialogue between the subject and Fernandez, the subject can be heard saying “I’ll wait for you outside.”

Security footage later shows Fernandez leave the machine and head outside.

According to the affidavit, just a couple seconds after Fernandez leaves, what is believed to be a single gunshot is heard.

A third security camera shows the same subject walking away from the store quickly after the apparent gunshot.

The affidavit said a witness on the scene told police a person matching the description of the subject walked up to Fernandez and shot him at point blank range.

The witness told police when she called 911, Fernandez’ girlfriend was yelling, “Bird shot him”, and the subject left the scene in a silver pickup truck.

Another witness told police “Bird” refers to Christopher Payne, who the witness said walked up to Fernandez and shot him after an argument about money.

The affidavit said officers found the suspect vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Avenue L and while searching the area found discarded clothes matching those worn by Payne the night of the shooting.


UPDATE: Monday, March 8, 2021, 9:31 p.m.

A bond is set at $1 million for the suspect involved in the fourth homicide of the year in Wichita Falls.

39-year-old Christopher Payne was arrested around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon in the 1600 block of Wilson Avenue.

Payne has previously been charged with burglary of a building and possession of methamphetamine. He will now be charged in the death of Bobby Joe Fernandez.

Fernandez was found Saturday night in the parking lot of the shop and go on 32nd street by Jacksboro Hwy with a gunshot wound to the upper chest.


UPDATE: Monday, March 8, 2021, 3:15 p.m.

Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department said they arrested Christopher Payne, a suspect in the murder of Bobby Joe Fernandez.

WFPD Public Information Officer Charlie Eipper said the arrest was made shortly after 3 p.m. in the 1600 block of Wilson Avenue.

WFPD detectives said a vehicle connected to the murder was recovered in the 2400 block of Avenue I.

According to authorities, Fernandez died from a gunshot wound to the upper chest on Saturday, March 6.

This marks the fourth murder of 2021 in Wichita Falls.

Continue to stick with Texoma’s Homepage as this story develops.


UPDATE: Monday, March 8, 2021, 9:06 a.m.

Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department said Monday a suspect has been identified in the Saturday evening murder of Bobby Joe Fernandez.

WFPD Public Information Officer Charlie Eipper said the suspect is Christopher Franklin Payne, 39, and an arrest warrant for murder has been obtained.

Fernandez was murdered in the parking lot of the Shop & Go located at 1431 32nd Street on Saturday, March 6.

Eipper said Payne should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information that could help in locating Payne, call the WFPD at (940) 720-5000 or call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888


UPDATE: Saturday March 6, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers has identified the victim as Bobby Joe Fernandez.

Crime Stoppers has also commenced a Fresh 48 on for this case. If you have any information on this case, you could earn up to $2,500. Any information received in the first 48 hours that leads to an arrest of the suspect you will receive an additional $500 for a total of up to $3000 .

You can call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888


UPDATE: Saturday March 6, 2021, 7:31 p.m.

Our crew on scene confirms one person is dead.


Wichita Falls (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls Police Department and Wichita County Sheriff’s Office are responding to a call of assault with weapon on Jacksboro Highway and 32nd Street.

We have a crew on scene, this is a developing story. Stick with Texomashomepage.com as we continue to learn.

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