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ETX man shot during argument over vehicle repairs

ETX man shot during argument over vehicle repairs
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POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:25am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:44am

An East Texas man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was shot during a heated dispute over vehicle repairs.

At 10:10 p.m., Harrison County dispatchers received a call for help on the 12,900 block of Highway 154 in Harleton. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Johnny Deskus, 49, suffering from a gunshot wound to his left thigh.

According to Harrison County officials, the shooting happened during an argument over a vehicle repair. The suspect, Chance Godwin, 28, had stopped at a house on Highway 154 and told the owner he was going to fix a power steering pump before he could drive. The homeowner, Deskus, told Godwin to go ahead with his plans.

While both men were working on the vehicle, an argument broke out between the two on the work being done to the vehicle. Deskusly reportedly showed a stun gun, prompting Godwin to pull a pistol from the truck and shoot Deskus in his left thigh.

The victim was taken to a Marshall hospital for his wounds. Godwin was arrested and booked into the Harrison County Jail on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The gun was later recovered at the scene.

Godwin's bail was set at $50,000.


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The reason for his arrest seems to be it was over an argument and while a stun gun was displayed the other guy went to his car and got a gun. The 'Stand-Your-Ground' law says you must not have provoked the incident (i.e. argument) and when he went to his car he could have just drove off and called the cops.

And that sounds about right for the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hope he as a good lawyer.

I think this is an obvious case of self defense. What did the police expect him to do? Stand there and be hit with a stun gun? I remember some years ago, the police in Cuero, TX, killed a man by using a cattle prod on him in a effort to solicit cooperation. No one was ever charged with a crime. My question was this at the time,"Why were the police armed with a cattle prod in the first place?". Some years ago I had a deep respect for those in law enforcement. NO LONGER - TOO MANY THUGS IN UNIFORM

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