Riverside, Texas

From the November 17, 2007 Huntsville (Tex.) Item:

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of a man who was shot and killed by another man in Riverside Tuesday night.

Jerry Wayne Bratton, a 40-year-old white male from Crockett, was killed just before 8 p.m. when another man — whose name county officials are not releasing — shot him in front of the Valero store off state Highway 19, just over the Trinity River bridge.

Lt. Charlie Perkins with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department said that when police responded to the scene they found Bratton lying on the ground with one gunshot wound to the torso.

“There was some altercation between the victim and the suspect and the victim was shot,” Perkins said Friday.

Walker County Criminal District Attorney David Weeks said his office had been brought into the investigation early to determine if the suspect shot Bratton in self-defense.

“There are certainly some elements of self-defense that we’re going to present in detail to the grand jury,” Weeks said. “There was enough evidence there that I thought there were no felony charges appropriate at this point.”

No charges have been brought against the subject, Perkins said, and that Sheriff’s Department officials are still working the investigation.


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