One dead, one in custody after Smith County shooting

One dead, one in custody after Smith County shooting

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - One man is behind Smith County bars Sunday, charged with murder.

Martin Wesley Reynolds, Jr., 21 of Whitehouse, was booked into the Smith County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says Reynolds is the suspect in an incident that happened early Sunday morning, around 2 a.m. in Smith County. Smith says, "one individual was shot in the chest at his residence," and died.

The SCSO also says Reynolds was shot in the leg during the incident.

Initially, the sheriff's office said the incident occurred on Rhones Quarter Road, the department later released additional information with an alternate location and providing more information:

"On November 5, 2017, at 1:17 am, Smith County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County.

Smith County Sheriff's Patrol deputies along with emergency medical personnel responded to the location where a male victim was found inside the residence with a gunshot wound. Witnesses at the location were performing CPR on the victim. EMS arrived and transported the victim to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was identified as Andrew Carpenter, 19 years of age of Tyler.

Deputies secured the scene and were able to locate several witnesses. Detectives and crime scene investigators responded to assist with the investigation.

A suspect was identified after he checked in to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg. The suspect, Martin Wesley Reynolds Jr. 21 of Tyler was taken into custody and charged with murder. The investigation into this offense is active and ongoing."

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