Jon Garner

Jon Garner

Just after midnight New Year’s Day, Maypearl Police Department received reports of a shooting in the 100 block of Creekview Circle in Maypearl.

Maypearl Police Chief Boyd Norton said when officers arrived, they found 42-year-old Jon Garner of Paris had been shot and killed in his Ellis County home.

“He was a good man — one of my best friends,” said Jeff Edwards of Norstar Industries LLC in Paris. “We worked together at We Pack in Paris for a while. He will be missed.”

Garner worked in various positions with Campbell’s Soup Company and We Pack from 1998-2017, when he moved to the Ellis County area and took over as General Manager of DHL.

“Justice of the Peace Judge Joyce Lindauer of Princinct 1 ordered an inquest,” Boyd said. “Garner’s body was sent to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Boyd said Ellis County Criminal Investigations Division and Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation, which they believe to be a homicide.

“There were rumors this was a random home invasion,” Boyd said. “We have evidence to believe that is not the case. The public should not be alarmed about their safety.”

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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