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Blotter: Woman's stepfather defends her with licensed pistol

A day-long feud between roommates ended Sunday when the female victim's stepfather pulled his licensed pistol on the suspect in self-defense, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

Chad KnappCourtesy
Chad Knapp

The suspect, 31-year-old Chad Knapp, was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of assault causing bodily injury and deadly conduct.

The fight started at about 3 a.m. Sunday at an apartment in the 900 block of North Austin Street, where police said Knapp and the 23-year-old victim lived. Kizer said the man had taken some of the woman's Adderall pills, which are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

Police said the man was kicking and throwing things before he tried to leave the apartment through a back window with the pills. The woman followed the man to the front of the apartment as Knapp got into his vehicle.  

The woman, Kizer said, tried to grab the medication in the car when the suspect "pushed her so hard that she was thrown backward into a brick wall," he said. When she fell to the ground, the man pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive away. A nearby witness then jumped onto the hood of his car to stop him, Kizer said. 

The witness fell off the car when the suspect turned onto a nearby street. She suffered a small abrasion on her hand, Kizer said. 

The victim was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, where police noticed bruises on the woman's arm consistent with someone grabbing her. Her head was hurting, Kizer said, and she suffered several abrasions or her back. 

After she was released from the hospital, the woman returned to the complex at about 8 p.m. with her stepfather, who had a license to carry a concealed weapon. She forgot her apartment key, and she was trying to open the door when the suspect approached her with a hammer, Kizer said. 

The suspect, Kizer said, was "yelling and cussing"and holding the hammer when the victim's stepfather pulled out his pistol. The suspect later told police that a man broke in his door and put a gun to his face, denying any physical altercation earlier in the day, police said. 

Knapp was arrested and taken to Denton City Jail.

Shooting suspect out on bond; victim's injuries not life-threatening 

The suspect in a Saturday morning shooting at Vitty's Sports Bar was released from Denton City Jail on $25,000 bail Sunday, according to police.  

Rojshawn Fletcher
Rojshawn Fletcher

Rojshawn Fletcher, 22, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said he chased a man around the bar's parking lot while firing multiple rounds from a handgun. The bar is in the 1700 block of Teasley Lane. 

The male victim, whose identity was not released, did not appear to suffer life-threatening gunshot wounds, Kizer said. The man was shot in the upper right arm and right index finger.  

He was taken to a local hospital, but Kizer did not know whether he'd been released. 

The reason for the shooting, which started at about 1 a.m. Saturday, was not specified in Fletcher's arrest affidavit. The victim said he didn't have any previous altercations with Fletcher.  

Police arrested Fletcher on Saturday after a traffic stop on Interstate 35E. 

Other reports 

200 block of Fry Street — A 36-year-old man said he was jumped by multiple men early Sunday just after midnight near the Fry Street bar area. 

Denton police responded to the call at about 12:30 a.m. The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene, but the extent of his injuries is unclear. 

Police said little information about the suspect was available. No arrests were made. 

2600 block of Mingo Road — A 23-year-old man tried to flee out of an apartment window early Sunday after he was accused of beating a female at the location, according to police. 

A neighbor first called police at 12:11 a.m. saying he heard what sounded like a man beating a woman. He said he heard a female crying and a man "punching something." 

Police were eventually able to pinpoint the disturbance and arrested the man on a charge of assault family violence. The man also had an outstanding Denton County Sheriff's Office warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous assault charge. 


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,323 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 134 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 473 calls for service and made 40 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 78 medical calls, four vehicle crashes, one building fire and two gas leaks.