Weatherford Democrat

October 16, 2012

One injured, one arrested in weekend shootings

Christin Coyne
Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD — A Poolville man was arrested Sunday afternoon after the alleged victim of a road rage shooting incident on Ranger Highway held the suspect at gunpoint.

Williams James Carr, 60, of Poolville, told deputies he intentionally shot out the rear window of a car that he claimed cut him off, according to a statement from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of a Ford Mustang reportedly called 911 around 1 p.m. Sunday to report the road rage incident.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Ronald Mathis stopped at Ranger Highway and Jones Road, where the Mustang driver was holding Carr at gunpoint in front of a vehicle parked on the side of the road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mathis ordered the man to put the weapon down and detained the two men before deputies arrived.  

The complainant told deputies that he changed lanes on Ranger Highway near the intersection of Bowie Drive, believing he’d given the truck behind him enough room. However, he said he heard a loud “popping” noise near the intersection of Greenwood Road.

He initially thought he’d blown a tire but realized his back windshield had shattered and pulled over and called authorities, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carr reportedly pulled over in front of the Mustang and approached the car, when the Mustang driver pulled out his own weapon and held Carr at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

A bullet fragment was located in the Mustang and deputies collected both men’s weapons and ammunition, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carr was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to jail records, Carr was released on $35,000 bond Monday morning.

Accidental shooting

Recent murders in Parker County during the last two weeks may have led up to an accidental shooting Sunday that left a man wounded.

Parker County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the 100 block of Rey Del Mar Circle in northeast Parker County and found a man on the floor in the bathroom with his wife applying pressure to a gunshot wound to his stomach.

The couple reportedly told investigators that, due to a recent murder in Parker County, the man was teaching his wife self-defense skills, including how to handle the guns in the house.

While practicing how to load and unload the guns, how to aim and the proper distance to stand, the woman shot the man with a .38-caliber handgun from about 7 feet away as they stood in the bathroom, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Both the husband and wife said the shooting was accidental and deputies did a routine investigation, including taking photos and collecting evidence.

The man was reportedly transported to the hospital and, after giving a statement, the woman joined her husband there.

The man’s condition was not available Monday.