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Arrest affidavit: Shooting victim said suspect owed him money

The victim in last week's shooting near Quakertown Park told investigators the suspect owed him money before both men fired guns, according to a Denton police arrest affidavit.  

The suspect, James Carlos Reed, turned himself in to Denton police about 5 p.m. Monday. He was booked into Denton City Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

James Carlos ReedDenton County Records
James Carlos Reed
Denton County Records

The victim has been identified as Tyler Trace Searcy, who, according to public records, also goes by the last name of Purvey.  Police said both men know each other. Officials could not confirm Wednesday morning whether Searcy was still being treated at Medical City Denton. 

Reed is accused of shooting Searcy about 6:40 p.m. Aug. 7 at the intersection of Mingo Road and Bell Avenue. Both men had been driving southbound on Mingo Road. When they approached the light at the intersection, Reed reportedly fired multiple shots toward Searcy, causing his vehicle to veer left and crash into the metal fence at Massey Auto Sales Service & Parts. 

While at the hospital, Searcy told investigators he pulled up next to Reed at the intersection and asked him about money Reed owed him, according to an affidavit for Reed's arrest.  

"[Searcy] said [Reed] indicated that it was his loss and then raised his gun and shot him," the affidavit states. 

Tyler Trace SearcyDenton County Records
Tyler Trace Searcy
Denton County Records

Searcy, who was struck in his neck area and arm, said he fired a gun toward Reed after the suspect shot first, the affidavit said. 

Denton police said earlier this week that Searcy has only been able to communicate with investigators through writing, and he hasn't been able to participate in a thorough interview yet. His jaw had been wired shut, and he was in the intensive care unit for the first couple of days after the shooting. 

Reed's attorney, Richard Gladden, has outlined his client's version of the events that unfolded before the shooting. 

Gladden said Searcy drove to a house in north Denton where Reed and the mother of Reed's children were located. Searcy, who was standing outside the home, sent Reed and the mother text messages threatening to kill them, Gladden said.

According to Gladden, Reed left the home in his small sedan as Searcy followed in a late-model Jaguar XF.  He said Searcy pointed a gun at his client while driving down Mingo Road. 

"[Searcy], as soon as he'd come up alongside him, he would stick a gun out of his window," Gladden said Monday before accompanying Reed to the city jail. 

James Carlos Reed was arrested Monday in connection to last week's shooting at the intersection of Mingo Road and Bell Avenue. Accompanied by attorney Richard Gladden, the 23-year-old Denton man turned himself in at the Denton Police Department at about 4:30 p.m.DRC
James Carlos Reed was arrested Monday in connection to last week's shooting at the intersection of Mingo Road and Bell Avenue. Accompanied by attorney Richard Gladden, the 23-year-old Denton man turned himself in at the Denton Police Department at about 4:30 p.m.
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Denton police Sgt. Danny Fletcher emphasized Monday that police did not find eyewitnesses who could speak about any exchanges before the shooting. 

Police also have not confirmed whether they found a gun near Bell and Mingo. Gladden claims Searcy threw it underneath an adjacent PT Cruiser after the crash. 

It's unclear whether the victim has disputed those claims with investigators as of Wednesday. 

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.