HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A shooting injury initially reported as an accident involving a celebratory gunshot to ring in the new year is now being reported as a criminal attack, with a Crockett man behind bars.
Shevin Cassidy Wells, 27, is charged with first-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Houston County Sheriff's Office began investigating the incident on Jan. 1, after Shane Rodgers, 40, was shot by another person in the leg around midnight Tuesday in the Burran Town community on County Road 1190. The gun was a small-caliber weapon and fired in what was described as celebratory gunfire to ring in the new year, according to the press release.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, an investigator spoke with Rodgers, who was heavily sedated, at a Lufkin hospital that day. Rodgers was heavily sedated and unable to give a complete story but did say he got into an argument with Wells and at some point, Wells went into the house and got a 22-caliber rifle and began shooting at him.
The investigator then spoke with Rodgers' wife, who said they were at Rodgers' father's house, celebrating the new year. They were drinking beer and popping fireworks. The wife said she went to the bathroom and when she came out, saw Rodgers and Wells were arguing. She said she then saw Wells come out of the front door with a rifle, then raised it to his hip and pointed in Rodgers' direction and fired it three times, with one of the shots hitting Rodgers in the leg.
Wells is in the Houston County Jail with a $40,000 bail.