Glenn Heights councilman jailed for shooting
By 08/31/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS - Councilman Tony Ray Brown was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after shooting another man in the face.
Brown, 47, was reportedly visiting some friends at a Dallas apartment complex in the 9900 block of Whitehurst on Aug. 24 about 12:25 a.m. when Brown's .32 caliber Kel-tec pistol went off striking 32-year-old Luis Rosales in the face. Rosales was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition, but his current status was not known as of press time.
'We don't know what led up to the shooting,' said Sr. Cpl. Jamie Matthews of the Dallas Police Department.
Brown proclaimed the firing was just an accident during which horseplay caused the gun to go off.
He was being held in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on $75,000 bond and was also wanted in Ellis County for tampering with a government report and theft of property with check.
According to online Dallas County records, last December Brown was accused of interfering with an investigation of abuse or neglect.
Tampering with a government report was filed by the Red Oak Independent School District police department and the investigation of abuse or neglect charge resulted from a child protective custody investigation, according to Glenn Heights police Det. Kevon Howard.
Glenn Heights City Manager Georgia Vines said despite his imprisonment Brown was still a city councilman because the city's charter did not allow Brown to be replaced, expect during a specially called election, which would have to be conducted in November.
Brown's seat would be up for re-election next May.
During the last few years Glenn Heights has experienced high turnover on their city council. Mayor Alvin DuBois submitted his regisnation effective Aug. 31.
DuBois was elected in November 2004 after Dr. Jim Williams resigned his mayoral duties less than three months after taking office.
DuBois' letter did not give any reason for resigning, but recently Vines filed a complaint against DuBois citing he yelled at her and went over her head giving direct instructions to city employees.
Under Glenn Height's city manager-council form of government it was Vines' responsibility to oversee city employees.