Man shot during daytime robbery

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

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SHOOTING SCENE – Investigators from the Wise County Sheriff’s Department pow-wow at the scene of a robbery-shooting Thursday afternoon on County Road 4421 near New Fairview. Messenger photo by Andrew May

David Rigsbee, the shooting victim, was working on his car outside his home on County Road 4421 Thursday morning when he left to test-drive it. He told investigators that when he returned, the back door was open, and he stepped inside.

He said he was then attacked by two men who had apparently broken into the home and were burglarizing it. A scuffle ensued, and Rigsbee was shot with one of the guns the suspects were trying to steal – a .22-caliber handgun. The suspects, a black male and a hispanic male, then fled the scene leaving several guns behind.

Rigsbee called 911 and Wise County EMS, along with several sheriff’s deputies, responded. A search of the neighborhood near New Fairview did not turn up any suspects, but investigators worked inside the house for several hours.

Sheriff David Walker had planned to meet with investigators Friday and look at whatever evidence they were able to find, including fingerprints and slugs from the shooting. The bullet that wounded Rigsbee passed through his arm, Walker said, and it’s possible more than one shot was fired.

Rigsbee was taken to Texas Health Harris Hospital Fort Worth, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left arm. Walker said he thought Rigsbee had been released either Thursday night or Friday morning and said deputies hoped to be able to interview him Friday.

He was also to be given an opportunity to look at a photo lineup in the search for possible suspects.

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