An 18-year-old Holly Lake Ranch man is dead and the man who shot him was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Smith County deputies found Justin Ray Alec Cross suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso when they responded to a disturbance call about 9 p.m. Monday in the 13800 block of County Road 2122, which is almost 3 miles southeast of the intersection of Texas Highway 110 and Shiloh Road. 

Deputies learned Robert Melvin Galbraith, 63, and Cross got into an argument about Cross' girlfriend before Galbraith shot Cross and fled the scene.

The sheriff's office said the SWAT team was deployed to Galbraith's house but he was not inside the house, which is about 1,000 feet from where the shooting took place. 

The sheriff's office, with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas game wardens, Whitehouse PD, Troup PD and Smith County Precinct 3 constable's office set up a perimeter around the wooded area near the houses.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said deputies used a drone and the DPS helicopter to look for Galbraith, but could not find him. 

The sheriff's office maintained an active presence in the area throughout the night and resumed the manhunt for Galbraith once the sun came up on Tuesday.

Smith said Galbraith shot himself in the head with a pistol when a Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 officer was closing in on him in a wooded area behind his residence on Smith County Road 2122. 

Cross was taken to UT Health-Tyler shortly after deputies arrived at the scene on Monday, according to the sheriff's office. 

The sheriff's office said Cross was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy was ordered and Cross' body was taken to Southwest Forensics in Dallas.

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Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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