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One Man Arrested in Mistaken Identity/Incident Shooting

"On 6-24-17, at 7:35 AM, officers responded to a shooting incident being reported from a home in the 1900 block of Alice. The man reporting it, James Aragon, told officers that he had fired shots at someone that had shot at him. 

He described being eastbound on Plains near Avondale in his silver Chevrolet pickup when he saw a red pickup with a black fender pull out onto Plains Boulevard. He believed the red pickup was driven by a male that had previously assaulted him and threatened to kill him. The red pickup appeared to be following him. Aragon told officers that he tried to speed up and then noticed that the red pickup was trying to pass him. He was approaching the light at Plains and Avondale when he heard a loud noise and his pickup’s back window shattered. He believed that the man in the red pickup was shooting at him. Aragon fired shots through his own driver’s side window glass at the red pickup and then drove home to report the incident. 

While officers were investigating this, they got a call to a home in the 1900 block of Cherry. There, a man reported that he had been eastbound on Plains when someone in a silver pickup fired shots which hit his passenger side window. Officers found two bullet holes in the window. The man was not the person that the original caller had the dispute with and had no connection with him. 

Officers on Alice found that the loud noise and glass shattering was not a bullet impact. It was the result of an unsecured metal toolbox in the back of the silver pickup sliding forward when the driver braked. The tool box hit below the window, left a dent in the metal, and shattered the glass. 

The reporting person, James Allen Aragon age 32, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The man had turned over the .40 caliber handgun used in the incident to officers while making the report. Aragon was booked into the Potter County Detention Center. No one was injured in the incident."

-Amarillo Police Dept.

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