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Suspect connected to last week’s shooting surrenders to police

Suspect connected to last week’s shooting surrenders to police

Courtesy of the Denton Police Department

Suspect connected to last week’s shooting surrenders to police
August 15
11:38 2017

UPDATE: August 16 at 5 p.m.

Tyler Purvey, the victim in last week’s shooting northeast of the Square, told investigators the shooting broke out due to money the suspect owed him, according to a Denton Police Department arrest affidavit obtained by North Texas Daily.

The affidavit states a witness heard gunshots Monday evening, Aug. 7. As he passed through the intersection of Mingo Road and Bell Avenue, he saw what he thought was a black Honda Civic and a Jaguar in the other lanes. The Jaguar then crashed into Massey Auto Sales Service & Parts and the other vehicle fled the scene.

The witness stopped to call 911 and administer first aid to the victim. When investigators arrived on the scene there was blood in and around the Jaguar.

Purvey was shot twice, once in the arm and head. He was transported to a hospital. Police were able to positively identify the vehicle through security camera from a business, according to the affidavit.

James Carlos Reed turned himself in to police Monday, Aug. 14 and was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

Clint McCoy, the investigator who wrote the affidavit, said he went to visit Purvey in the hospital. Purvey said the incident was about money Reed owed him. After Reed had shot at him, Purvey attempted to shoot back. He then positively identified Reed as the shooter in a line-up.

“They identified him as the suspect,” Shane Kizer, public information officer of the Denton Police Department said. “They obtained a warrant for him. He and his attorney came up to the police department and he turned himself in.”

Purvey, who also goes by Tyler Trace Searcy, was not released from the hospital as of Friday, Kizer said.

It was confirmed last week the victim and the suspect knew each other.

This story is developing.

Feature Image: James Reed. Courtesy of the Denton Police Department

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