NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a disturbance at 4711 Warr Circle, off of East Spradley, on the South Side of Nacogdoches.
It's there where investigators say 32-year-old Vyron Johns shot 30 year old Letha Brewer as he forced her into a vehicle. The arriving officer then fired twice at Johns, striking the suspect in the arm and lower body.
Johns is currently in custody at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Brewer remains in intensive care. At last report, she was in critical condition, but her family said she's improving.
East Texas News set out Wednesday to find out what might have led up to the shooting, which remains unsettling nearby neighbors.
South Meadows Mobile Home Village residents first hear gunfire.
"We heard two shots," said Alex Miranda, a neighbor.
At 4711 Warr Circle an officer arrived. Then an ambulance showed up.
"And they were all in the house looking around," Miranda said. "When we got here we saw them putting in two bodies in the ambulance."
They were Johns and his estranged girlfriend, Brewer. Both underwent surgery this morning at Memorial Hospital for gunshot wounds.
Another next-door neighbor who didn't want to appear on camera said she saw the shooting. She said about 30 minutes before the shooting, she heard arguing and screaming from inside the trailer. Then she heard a shot fired.
Detectives were seen retrieving that bullet this Wednesday. The neighbor said Brewer had left Johns to come live with her parents. The neighbor says Johns rode up on a bicycle. Following the verbal argument and first gunshot, Johns forced Brewer into a vehicle, according to police.
It's then when the neighbor told me she grabbed her three children and hid in a back bedroom. She said she then heard two other shots that supposedly came from the police officer.
Orange paint marks showed where a police car pulled up. Police said the officer was approaching the vehicle when he heard a gunshot and saw the victim fall to the ground. Then police say Johns, who was armed with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun, attempted to re-enter the residence. The officer fired twice at Johns, striking him in the arm and lower body.
Neighbors say Brewer's family, including small children, were inside the mobile home.
"It's just about the kids, you know; it's really scary to have kids around and knowing this is happening," said Carmen Guiterrez, a neighbor.
The neighbor said she was at the police station until one this morning sharing what she saw.
We asked police for audio and video recordings. We're told they're evidence at this time and are not being released, pending investigation by the Texas Rangers.
Nacogdoches police have placed the officer on administrative leave during the investigation.