Lufkin Police investigate shooting

Randal Shepard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Randal Shepard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police are investigating a shooting in which a man said he shot at someone who pulled a knife on him for no reason.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Hosea Dolphus Avenue and Weaver Avenue in reference to someone shooting a gun at someone else. The first officer arrived and saw a man, later identified as Randal D'Tray Shepard, 28, of Lufkin, run across Hosea Dolphus Avenue. A witness at the scene reported that several subjects were in a field behind his house in the 600 block, and that they were shooting at each other and identified Shepard as one of the subjects possibly involved.

Officers found Shepard, who ran away from the residence, according to the report. Officers eventually caught up with him and reported he was uncooperative and possibly high on PCP.

Officers arrested him on a charge of public intoxication and failure to identify. While he was being booked into the jail, jail staff found him in possession of a small plastic bag of what appeared to be K2, which is not classified as a controlled substance.

Police added an additional charge of prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

After receiving a call of a disturbance, another call came from the Kurth Drive Car Wash a few blocks away. Officers spoke with the caller, Robert Anttwane Taylor, 25, of Lufkin, who appeared to be visibly shaken. Taylor said he was the one who shot at Shepard and showed officers his ID and his license to carry a concealed handgun. An officer took the gun, which was in a bag attached to the handlebars of Taylor's bicycle.

Taylor said he was talking with a friend at the car wash when Shepard circled around behind him and grabbed him while showing his knife. Taylor said he broke free from Shepard, grabbed his gun and fired a shot at Shepard, who ran away.

Detectives are still investigating the shooting.

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