Disgruntled Alto man allegedly opens fire on ex-wife's fiancee before launching verbal tirade

Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office
Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office
Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office
Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A disgruntled Alto man is out of jail on bond following a weekend shooting incident in Cherokee County involving his ex-wife's fiancee.

According to a news release issued by the Cherokee County Sheriff's office, Mary Skinner Chambers called 9-1-1 for help after her ex-husband, S.C. Skinner, 49, allegedly shot her fiancée in front of Skinner's residence on County Road 2907.

"She (Chambers) stated that she and Clarence Watts went to the Skinner residence to pick up her 17 year old son and take him to work that morning because he needed a ride.

She stated that she was driving and Watts was in the passenger side of truck. When they pulled up in front of the residence, Skinner came out of the house with a pump shotgun, walked in front of the truck, pointed the gun at the passenger side front windshield and fired, striking the passenger side front windshield where Watts was sitting.

After Skinner fired the gun he came around to the driver's side window and began yelling at Chambers. Several family members, who heard the gunshot, ran out of Skinner's residence and pulled him back inside the house. Chambers and Watts immediately pulled away from the house and went to Alto PD for help," the news release stated.

Investigators said Watts had several pellets of birdshot and glass in his face and chest and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Lt. Gina Battley worked with Deputy Robin Parsons to obtained arrest warrants for Skinner. The warrants were served in Alto just after 2 p.m. on Saturday. They said Skinner was arrested without incident.

Skinner faces one charge of Aggravated Assault, which is a second degree felony, and one charge of Deadly Conduct, which is a third degree felony.  Vera Foreman, Justice of the Peace Pct. 4, arraigned him Sunday morning.  Skinner was released later Sunday on bonds totaling $45,000.

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