Police were searching a northeast Denton neighborhood Monday night for a man who shot a resident in the 2000 block of Cherrywood Street.
Officer Orlando Hinojosa said the victim, whose name had not been released, was taken by CareFlite helicopter to a Plano hospital. His condition was not believed to be life-threatening.
“He told the first arriving officer that he was walking his dog when the man, whom he didn’t know, walked up to him and shot him,” Hinojosa said. “The only description he could give us at that time was a white male weighing about 230 pounds and wearing a white shirt.”
The officer said the victim lives alone in a house with his dog, a German shepherd. Two witnesses heard shots at about 4 p.m., he said, but no one actually witnessed the shooting.
Police believe the suspect fled on foot after that. A neighborhood search was being conducted with the aid of a police dog, but the suspect eluded capture.
1800 block of Lakeview Lane — Anger between neighbors over unruly bushes led to a BB rifle attack Saturday east of Denton, according to a Denton County sheriff’s report.
The victim said his neighbor’s bushes were growing through the fence and he was trimming them on his side, he told a deputy. When his neighbor noticed what he was doing, he began yelling at him and then fetched the BB rifle.
He fired numerous shots, the victim said. He was struck by pellets on one tooth and beneath one eye. Pellets also broke windows in his garage, he showed the officer.
He did not want to press charges. He only wanted the deputy to speak to the neighbor about firing the weapon at him.
The neighbor told the deputy that he believed the other man was spraying poison on the bushes through the fence. He did not believe that he had struck the other man with BB pellets.
2400 block of Lillian Miller Parkway — A worker noticed a broken window at a bicycle shop and called police at about 2 a.m. Monday.
The owner arrived after being called and reported that someone took a $9,000 custom road bicycle and a $6,000 mountain bike.
Fry and Hickory streets — A 21-year-old woman reported at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday that a man grabbed her cellphone and ran away with it.
She said she was outside a bar talking on the phone. She felt uneasy about the man, who was leaning against the building, so she turned her back on him while she continued to talk.
Without warning, he came from behind her, grabbed the phone from her hands and ran.
Denton and University of North Texas police officers searched the area but did not find the thief.
1100 block of South Loop 288 — A man reported Sunday that someone took his wallet from the front seat of his car at a car wash.
The man said he was at a vacuum station and walked a short distance to talk to a group of men, leaving both of his car doors standing open. When he returned, the wallet was missing. It contained no cash but did have several credit cards and his identification.
From 7 a. m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:
Denton police handled 722 service and officer-initiated calls, including two vehicle burglaries, two thefts, one case of criminal mischief, one deceased person and one burglary.
Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 2,034 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 135 people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one harassment, one burglary, one deceased person, two cases of criminal mischief, three thefts, three assaults, one report of deadly conduct and one domestic disturbance.
Denton firefighters responded to 30 medical calls, two people dead on the scene, one water problem, three smoke investigations, three traffic accidents, two requests to assist police, one request to assist an invalid, one elevator rescue, one gas leak, one request for public service and two grass fires.
Argyle firefighters responded to four medical calls, one near-drowning, three grass fires, one odor investigation, one overdose, one road hazard and one traffic accident.
Aubrey firefighters responded to two alarms, 14 medical calls, one assault, one request for mutual aid, one controlled burn, one grass fire, one illegal burn, one structure fire, one case of excessive heat exposure, two overdoses, one suspicious package and six traffic accidents.
Krum firefighters responded to four medical calls, one controlled burn, one grass fire, one unknown type fire, one 911 hang-up and one traffic accident.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to 13 medical calls, two alarms, three assaults, one structure fire, one vehicle fire, one heat exposure, one suicide attempt and two traffic accidents.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one grass fire, one illegal burn, one structure fire, one traffic accident and one medical call.
Ponder firefighters responded to three medical calls, one 911 hang-up and one traffic accident.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one assault, two medical calls, one request to assist a citizen, one overdose, three traffic accidents and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Sanger firefighters responded to six medical calls, four grass fires, one unknown type fire, one odor investigation and one traffic accident.
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Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.