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Grimes County family provides more information about deadly shooting

Matthew Oliver and his family showed us bullet holes in a mobile home following a fatal shooting Saturday night south of Anderson.
Matthew Oliver and his family showed us bullet holes in a mobile home following a fatal shooting Saturday night south of Anderson.(KBTX)
Published: Mar. 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT
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Authorities in Grimes County are investigating a shooting death in a rural area south of Anderson.

It happened Saturday night on County Road 215 near FM 1774.

Matthew Oliver owns the property where it happened and says it was his friend of nearly 30 years who was shot on his family's land.

"He needed a place to stay," said Oliver. "We have a trailer that we let him live in, rent-free, as long as he helped my grandma, mow the grass, stuff like that."

Oliver and his grandmother on Sunday showed us the bullet holes they say came from their neighbor's gun Saturday night after some sort of altercation between the neighbor and the friend.

According to Oliver his friend, "was not armed, no gun, no knife, not even a rock or a stick or anything."

"The first thing he told my grandmother was, 'I told you not to move anyone in here' talking about the trailer," said Oliver.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell declined to elaborate on the case but said the suspected gunman was cooperating fully with the investigation and was detained for questioning - but not arrested or charged.

Sheriff Sowell said his investigators are working with the District Attorney's Office to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.

"I don't feel safe now. I don't even feel safe with my grandma being here. If he gets back out and if there are no charges pressed, what else is he capable of?" said Oliver.

KBTX is not releasing the identity of the deceased or suspected gunman until it is released by Grimes County authorities.

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