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September 18, 2012

Man indicted in shooting

WEATHERFORD —  

A Parker County grand jury Thursday indicted a man accused of shooting in the direction of two men he told to leave his neighborhood last month. 

William Charles Usher Jr. was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct by discharging a firearm.

Usher is accused of firing a handgun toward two men he accused of being at what he called a “drug house” and stealing his property in an attempt to get them to leave the area. 

Weatherford police officers were dispatched around 2 a.m. Aug. 28, to the 100 block of King Arthur Court, where they reportedly found Usher walking in front of his house and two young men next door. 

The men, both around 20 years old, told police that Usher had fired a gun in their direction. 

While sitting on the curb after officers patted him down, Usher was talking out loud, saying he was “sick of those boys always stealing” his stuff, Officer Tessa Vick wrote in a sworn affidavit. 

“He said they needed to get out of the neighborhood,” Vick wrote. “Usher said that their house is a ‘drug house.’ He then said, ‘I shot it to get their attention, so they would hurry up and leave, move out of the neighborhood.’”

The men told police that they went in the backyard of the their aunt’s house with her permission to get their bikes. 

“They said that Usher had been yelling at them and telling them to leave,” Vick wrote. “They said he was telling them they needed to get out of Briarwood (the subdivision).”

As the men worked on their bikes in the driveway, Usher sat in his vehicle, according to one of the men. 

After about 15 minutes, Usher reportedly emerged from his vehicle, raised a handgun and said he was losing his patience and they needed to get out of the neighborhood. 

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