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Lufkin man pleads guilty to deadly conduct for shooting at girlfriend's former beau

Tarcellus Mitchell (Source: Angelina County Jail) Tarcellus Mitchell (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A 28-year-old Lufkin man pleaded guilty in connection to a March 2016 incident in which he shot at his girlfriend’s former boyfriend. He also shot in the direction of Winston Park.

Tarcellus Mitchell appeared in Judge Paul White’s 159th Judicial District Court Friday morning for a bench trial and he pleaded to a lesser deadly conduct charge, which is a third-degree felony. Previously, an Angelina County grand jury indicted Mitchell on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Prosecutor Scott Greenbaum made an attempt to call the victim.

White ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, and he will make a judgment after that.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Mitchell was arrested outside a North Timberland Drive gas station after he fled the scene on foot on March 15, 2016.

A press release from the Lufkin Police Department stated that LPD officers were called out to the 400 block of Jack Street to check out a report of two men shooting at each other. 

“When they arrived on the scene, a witness reported seeing the victim pull up in a brown Tahoe and yell at him to go get Mitchell,’” the press release stated. “The witness said he ignored the victim, whom he did not know, because he didn’t know anyone by that name.”

The witness told police that the victim left and headed toward Winston Park. At that point, a man who was later identified as Mitchell walked out of a house and into the street, where he took “careful aim” at the victim’s vehicle. Winston fired a single shot at the vehicle, the press release stated.

“The victim, who previously dated Mitchell’s girlfriend and remained friends with her mother, told officers that before the shooting, told officers he saw Mitchell earlier in the day while visiting his former girlfriend’s mother on Cain Street,” the press release stated. “He said no ill words were exchanged, so he thought everything was OK. After leaving her home, he said, he began getting taunting phone calls from Mitchell, cussing him out.”

The victim told the Lufkin PD officers that Mitchell told him to come meet him, and that was what he was doing when Mitchell shot at him.

Mitchell did not have the gun on him when he was arrested. Officers called for the help of a Texas Forest Service search and rescue team to find the gun after they searched the area and were unsuccessful. The dog was also unable to find the gun, the press release stated.

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