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More arrests in shooting

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Two more people were arrested this week in connection with an Aug. 7 shooting of two men in Alvord, bringing the total number arrested in the case to four.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a sheriff’s office investigator and a Texas Ranger traveled to Elizabethtown, Ky., after identifying a suspect who was in possession of the vehicle possibly involved with the Alvord shooting.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Christopher “Bo” Brown, 22, of Decatur was located and arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

“We believe he was one of four people who participated in the home invasion and aggravated assault in Alvord,” Akin said.

Brown was in Kentucky to visit a family member, the sheriff said.

The vehicle that investigators believe was used by the four suspects was also located and processed by a Federal Bureau of Investigation crime lab for evidence related to the shooting.

On Friday, Akin said the investigators were still in Kentucky waiting to see if Brown would waive extradition, meaning he would voluntarily come back to Wise County. Brown remained in the Hardin County Detention Center in Kentucky Friday, according to online jail records.

Earlier in the week, investigators arrested a 16-year-old juvenile in connection with the case. Akin said he will also be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The two Decatur teenagers who are accused of firing the two guns involved in the assault were arrested last week.

Christopher Lee Bryan, 18, and David Jackson Huggins, 17, were arrested Aug. 30, and both have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Bryan has also been charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2 less than 1 gram and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

The shooting took place at a home in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight on Aug. 7. Rhett Barclay, 17, was shot once while Brent Dixon, 41, was shot multiple times. Both survived their injuries.

According to the arrest affidavits for Bryan and Huggins, a pistol and a .22 rifle were used in the assault.

“We’ve recovered the weapons that were involved, and we’re tracing those weapons back to previous owners,” Akin said.

The sheriff said at this point in the investigation, there is no indication of anyone else involved in the home invasion and shooting, which appeared to stem from the theft of money and drugs in the house.

He said his office will soon file the case with the district attorney’s office.

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