Brenton Taylor

A New Chapel Hill man has been indicted in connection to a May shooting.

A Smith County grand jury handed up indictments for Brenton Taylor, 34, on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Taylor was arrested May 21 and is being held in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $300,000.

Smith County Sheriff's Office deputies took Taylor into custody at his residence in the 13700 block of Texas Highway 64 East in New Chapel Hill as he attempted to flee after a shooting May 20, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Shortly before 5 a.m. on May 20, deputies were dispatched to a deadly conduct call at Spur 124 (Old Henderson Highway) and County Road 273 in Tyler where Demmond McGowen, 27, of Lindale, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

The sheriff's office said deputies applied a tourniquet to slow the bleeding and an ambulance took McGowen to UT Health Tyler with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A witness told deputies she and McGowen were at Taylor's house when Taylor became upset for an unknown reason, pulled out a handgun, shot McGowen in the leg and threatened to kill them, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said the witness was able to get McGowen to her car and drive toward the hospital, but her car became disabled on Spur 124, where she pulled over and called 911.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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