HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett and Grapeland police departments arrested a 30-year-old man Monday after he allegedly shot another man at least four times.
Charles Vernal Haffert, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and a third-degree unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge. He also had an active parole warrant for his arrest.
According to a press release, Crockett Police officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of MLK in reference to reports of shots being fired. When the officers arrived on the scene, they were told that a man had been shot and was being taken to the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett emergency room.
Crockett PD officers began working the crime scene, and detectives were dispatched to the ETMC ER.
At the ER, they met with the victim, a 42-year-old man. They found that he had been shot at least four times - once in the face area, twice in his chest, and once in his arm. Although he was being treated by the ER staff, he was able to identify Haffert as the shooter.
Evidence was gathered at the scene, and Crockett PD detectives talked to additional witnesses. Authorities then obtained arrest warrants for Haffert.
After the Crockett PD received information that Haffert was in the Grapeland area, the Crockett SWAT team was sent to Grapeland. Together, the SWAT team and Grapeland Police officers surrounded the backyard area where Haffert was hiding.
Haffert was found and taken into custody without further incident.
Cross said the victim made it through surgery and is now listed in serious by stable condition.
"I would like to thank all the agencies that assisted in the case, including the Grapeland PD, Houston County Sheriff Department, and DPS," said Crockett Police Chief David Cross.