ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has charged two Pollok men in connection to a highway shooting in the Pollok area Tuesday evening.
Jarod Clenon Thompson, 30, and Tyson Blake Wells, 30, are charged with aggravated assault.
According to an arrest affidavit, a victim, whose truck had four bullet in it, said he was driving on State Highway 103 West when Thompson, who he knew, drove his black Chevy pick-up next to him. Another man, later identified as Wells, was in the truck with Thompson. Both suspects were making hand gestures at him and trying to get him to pull over but the victim would not do so, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, they began firing shots at him with a .22 rifle while driving on FM 706, with the last shot being fired near the intersection of U.S. Highway 69.
Deputies managed to locate the suspect vehicle around 5:30 p.m. and interviewed Thompson at the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. The affidavit states Thompson and Wells admitted that Thompson was driving the truck and Wells was firing the shots at the alleged victim.
Both suspects are in the Angelina County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing.
"He just started shooting, I mean he just started shooting up the truck."
Kathy Garcia says she was leaving work at Burger Stop when she dialed 911.
"The black truck was like up on the bumper of the white truck and the guy in the passenger's side just gets out with a rifle and starts shooting," Garcia said. "I've never seen nothing like it. I was shaking all over."
"Oh my God he's going to kill him, or is he dead, is he shot. I mean we really thought there was no way that he had not got harmed himself," Garcia said. "We figured he had got shot."
"I mean I seen that he was living, but I was hoping he wasn't hurt at all," her daughter, Latisha, said.
During the interview, Garcia noticed a familiar truck drive by.
"That was it," she said. "See the back of it. It's all shot up."
A closer look reveals shattered glass and bullet holes in the back of the truck.
"The guy didn't care how he was shooting, he was just shooting," Garcia said. "I mean, not just one time. He emptied the rifle."
It's a scene Garcia hopes she never has to relive.
"He wasn't trying to scare him or hurt him," Garcia said. "He was trying to kill him."