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Deputies respond to shots fired in Fred area

On November 4 Tyler County Sheriff deputies responded to CR 4890 in the Fred area to a disturbance involving weapons. While in route, deputies were advised shots had been fired.
When deputies arrived, suspects and victims were not at the scene. Deputies spoke with witnesses who told them they looked outside and saw a man walk back towards a truck with a rifle in his hand. Witnesses heard the man fire a shot at a truck as it was backing up. Witnesses identified the man with the gun as Brandon Carter, 29, of Silsbee. More witnesses came forward and identified the driver of the truck as Jesse Sallas, Carter's father. They observed Carter running beside a red chevy truck, hitting the windows and firing shots.

Sallas came back to the scene and told deputies he saw Carter assaulting a woman known as "Courtney" in the yard of the residence. Sallas also observed Carter chasing the female victim down the road and that is when he got in his truck and followed. Sallas also saw Carter assaulting the female victim a second time and she was able to escape to a neighbor's house. "Brandon started hitting my vehicle with his fists," Sallas said.

Witnesses saw Carter walking back to his house and return with a rifle. Shots were fired and witnesses went inside their home. Sallas drove away from the scene.

Deputies later located the suspect and Carter was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. Carter admitted to the deputies he did fire a rifle during the altercation. Carter was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tyler County Justice Center.

A .22 magnum rifle was taken into evidence. As of press time, deputies have been unable to locate the female victim.

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