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Texas Man Allegedly Confessed To Tracking And Killing Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend Using Location-Sharing App

Eric LaMountain's ex-girlfriend told police he sent her pictures of a gun and screenshot of a ride-sharing app showing he was heading to Gavin Wood's home, according to KTBC. 

By Caitlin Schunn

A Texas man allegedly confessed to shooting and killing a man after a fight over a woman, according to Austin police. Eric LaMountain, 35, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of 37-year-old Gavin Wood — his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, according to Austin Fox station KTBC.

The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 10 around 3:30 a.m. along S. Meadows Drive in a North Austin neighborhood, police said. When officers arrived, they found Wood on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 3:56 a.m.

Officers allege Eric LaMountain left the area after the shooting but was arrested less than an hour later at his home along South Interstate 35. He had a handgun with him as he was arrested, according to Austin NBC station KXAN.

LaMountain’s ex-girlfriend told police that he found out about her relationship with Wood towards the end of December through a location-sharing app, according to KTBC. She told LaMountain about the affair and broke up with him on Jan. 8.

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According to court documents, the morning of the murder, she got a text from LaMountain that allegedly said, “I told you what I would do if you ever cheated on me and I still have his address.”

LaMountain’s ex-girlfriend told police, according to court documents, that she asked if LaMountain was going to kill her, and he replied, “not you.” He then allegedly sent her pictures of a gun and a screenshot of a ride-sharing app showing he was heading to Wood’s home. According to the affidavit from KTBC, she told officers she warned Wood, but he didn’t think LaMountain was a threat. As she was on her way home, she alleges she got a call from LaMountain saying he shot Wood, who he believed to be dead.

A police handout of Eric LaMountain

LaMountain allegedly told police that he dressed all in black and took a rideshare to Wood’s address, according to KXAN. LaMountain told officers Wood was standing in the front yard, and he hit him in the head with a gun, and as Wood tried to run away, LaMountain fired shots at him until his firearm was empty, and considered reloading, but decided to run away, according to KTBC.

The Travis County Sheriff’s office said a judge set LaMountain’s bond at $1 million and he is still in jail.

LaMountain's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Travis County’s 460th District Court, according to Law and Crime.

Austin police ask anyone with any information to call 512-974-TIPS. You can also submit tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling 512-472-8477.

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