Amarillo Police Department shared a media release in regards to an arrest made in the Southlawn area.

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During the early morning hours of April 20, officers with Amarillo Police Department were called out to 44th and Travis street on reports of gunshots. On arrival, they found that a residence with multiple bullet holes. Officers then called two people out of the home, a male identified as Darius Vincent Solis and an unidentified 26-year-old female. Both were unharmed.

Subsequent to the arrest of Solis, APD conducted an investigation of the area and found that two separate vehicles parked out front of the residence also had bullet holes. Officers were able to determine that the vehicles had been struck by a firearm discharged from within the home.

Inside the residence, officers located a handgun that had been concealed inside the home. It was later shown that the gun had been reported as stolen from a burglarized vehicle on February 27, 2020.

Solis was arrested and booked into the Randall County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Deadly Conduct Discharging a Firearm from a Residence.

Officials with APD have asked the community to help in reporting any gunshots in the area. Residents are advised to make a report by placing a call to emergency services..

According to the APD report, they have been using the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.  Since 2019 with the APD began using this network, they have been able to solve cases just by entering the ballistic evidence into the NIBIN system.

APD NIBIN Statistics Since 2019:

Total shell casings entered – 2085

Total pieces of evidence entered – 2605

Leads generated – 685

Warrants issued – 17

Arrests made - 44

Information supported homicide cases – 7

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at sarah.clark@townsquaremedia.com along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

Unsolved Murders of Amarillo, Texas

These are the unsolved murders of Amarillo, Texas.

If you have any information or if you know something, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400. 

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