LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 21-year-old man on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in connection to allegations that he fired several gunshots at a group of three men at a residence on Keltys Drive late Monday night.
Jabarion Mantrell Johnson, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault charge, a Class A misdemeanor unlawful carrying a weapon charge, and a Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. His bail has been set at $500 for the Class C misdemeanor, but no bail has been set on his other charges at this time.
According to the narrative of the police report, an LPD officer responded to a house in the 1600 block of Keltys Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots being fired at about 8:56 p.m. Monday night. When the officer arrived on the scene, three witnesses said that Johnson had shot at them while they were standing in front of one man's residence.
One witness told the police officer that a friend had called him and asked where he and the others were. The narrative stated that a short time later, a black car driven by an acquaintance pulled up to Brandon Park.
The witness told police that when they recognized the driver of the car, the three men started walking in that direction. At that point, a gold Monte Carlo ran the stop sign on North Ave. and turned north on Keltys Drive, almost hitting on one of the witnesses on the side walk, the report stated.
The witnesses said they heard an acquaintance say, "There they go, J.B. There they go!"
According to the narrative, the witnesses said Johnson started walking toward them and pointed something in their direction. After Johnson allegedly fired a shot at them, they started to run away from the scene. The witnesses told police that then they heard another shot.
One of the witnesses told police that he heard something hit the corner of the house in the 1600 block of Keltys Drive.
Lufkin Police officers began to search the area, and found three .380-caliber spent shell casings on the ground.
A short time later, another Lufkin Police officer spotted a gold Monte Carlo matching the description of the suspect's car on Feagin Drive. It stopped at a residence near the intersection of Feagin Drive and Tom Temple Drive, the police report stated.
The LPD officer identified Johnson and the two other men in the car with him, and according to the report, all three men were acting "very nervous" and kept trying to walk away. After dispatch told the officer and his backup that Johnson had an outstanding warrant for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
All three men were taken into custody until the officers could investigate further, the report stated.
One of the officers went to the window of the Monte Carlo and noticed a pink plastic baggy containing a green, leafy substance, the report stated. According to the report, the officer also noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car.
During a search of the car, one of the Lufkin Police officers on the scene found a black Ruger .380-caliber pistol lying under the front dash of the vehicle near the center console, the report stated. The officers also found a 1911-style BB pistol on the ground outside the car's passenger door.
According to the police report, Johnson's hands were swabbed for gunshot residue.