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Blotter: Shooting victim cooperating with investigators

The victim in Monday evening's shooting near Quakertown Park hasn't been able to speak to investigators because he'd been in the ICU at Medical City Denton with a severely injured jaw, according to Denton police.

He suffered at least two gunshot wounds, and his jaw had been wired shut for the past couple of days, department spokesman Shane Kizer said. But now, the 26-year-old Lewisville man is well enough to speak to police and has been cooperative, Kizer said.

He said the suspect is still at large, but search warrants have been issued as police progress through their investigation. Meanwhile, Denton police have been mum on the victim's name, citing his privacy. Investigators believe both men know each other from previous interactions.

According to Kizer, the suspect and victim had been driving southbound on Mingo Road about 6:40 p.m. Monday. The victim was driving a Jaguar XF and the suspect a small sedan, police said.

When both cars approached the traffic signal at Bell Avenue, the suspect fired multiple shots at the victim, causing the victim to veer left and crash his vehicle into the metal fence surrounding Massey Auto Sales Service & Parts, police said.

The suspect fled the scene before an off-duty Roanoke officer came upon the wreckage.

Police look to charge burglary suspect caught on video

Denton police are looking to file charges against a 27-year-old man who was seen on surveillance footage stealing a car Monday morning in the Southridge neighborhood, according to Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose.

Cose said police cannot release the man's name because charges have not been officially filed. The suspect was reportedly caught on video at 6:42 a.m. walking up to a garage in the 1100 block of Chapel Drive. Police said the man entered a 2017 Chevy Cruze in the garage and drove away.

Cose said the vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside. It's unclear whether the garage door was open at the time, he said.

Hours after the theft, officers found the vehicle on Skylark Drive in the same neighborhood, Cose said. The victim's next-door neighbor captured the man walking up to the garage, as well as the moment he drove away, on a security camera mounted outside of the home.

Denton Police Department posted the first portion of the video on its Twitter page Thursday.

Other reports 

100 block of West University Drive — A woman said a man hit her from behind in an attempt to steal her purse while she was walking home on Wednesday night, according to a police report.

Denton police were dispatched to a Walgreen's on West University Drive about 10:45 p.m. They later found out the woman was waiting for an officer at the Denton County Friends of the Family office in Corinth.

Police eventually spoke to her but couldn't find the suspect, the report said. No arrests were made.

5300 block of East McKinney Street — A 28-year-old man said his girlfriend charged him and hit him in the face because he got home from work late, according to a police report.

The man reported the incident about 2:10 a.m. from the Ashli Oaks of Denton mobile home park. He said his girlfriend started throwing things and yelling at him when he got home a few minutes earlier. He said she eventually hit him in the face, causing a small scratch inside his nose.

The girlfriend would not open the door when police arrived on the scene, and the man had already left the home to stay with friends, the report said. No arrests were made.

800 block of West Eagle Drive — A man reportedly tried to drive off with his brother's truck after a fight between the siblings.

He ended up jumping out of the moving truck before it collided with a parked vehicle, according to a police report. He fled the scene on foot while his 24-year-old brother called police, the report said.

No arrests were made.


From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday: 

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 915 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 39 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 154 calls for service and made nine arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 11 medical calls, one vehicle wreck and two calls for public service.