Sheriff’s office identifies suspect, victim in Monday morning Smith County shooting

‘Taylor was detained as he was attempting to flee the residence’

1 hospitalized following shooting in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - From the Smith County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 20, at around 4:45 a.m. Smith County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were sent to a deadly conduct call at Spur 124 (Old Henderson Hwy) and County Road 273 in Tyler. When they arrived at the scenel, they found that a victim, Demmond McGowen, 27, of Lindale, had been shot in the leg, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Deputies immediately applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg to slow the bleeding, and UT Health East Texas EMS responded to the location and took McGowen to UT Health Tyler with non-life threatening injuries.

One man was hospitalized following a shooting in Smith County on Monday morning (Source: KLTV staff)
One man was hospitalized following a shooting in Smith County on Monday morning (Source: KLTV staff) (Source: KLTV staff)

A witness to the shooting said that she and McGowen were at an unknown address on Hwy 64 East in the Chapel Hill area visiting with a friend named Brenton Taylor. She said that Taylor became upset for some reason, pulled out a handgun, and shot McGowen in the leg. She said that Taylor threatened to kill both her and McGowen. She was able to get McGowen to her car and drive toward the hospital. Her car became disabled on Spur 124 where she had to pull over and call 911.

Deputies found that the incident occurred at Brenton Taylor’s residence which is located in the 13700 block of Hwy 64 East in the Chapel Hill area. When deputies arrived, Taylor was detained as he was attempting to flee the residence. Smith County Investigators and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the residence for further investigation. An evidentiary search warrant for the residence was obtained from 241st State District Judge Jack Skeen prior to processing the scene and collecting evidence, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants on Brenton Taylor for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The warrants were signed by 7th State District Judge Kerry Russell who assessed bonds of $100,000 on each charge. Taylor was then booked into the Smith County Jail on those charges.


One man was injured following a shooting in Smith County on Monday morning.

According to Larry Christian with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, one man shot another during at a gathering in the 13700 block of Highway 64 East.

Christian said the victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

One person has been taken into custody.

Those involved have not been identified. Further details about the shooting are unknown at this time.

This is developing story and we will continue to update as details become available.

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