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19-year-old Brownwood man arrested after Saturday shooting

An 18-year-old was airlifted to a Temple hospital for his injuries. His condition was reported as critical.
Credit: Brownwood Police Department

BROWNWOOD, Texas — A Brownwood man was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a shooting incident Saturday night.

According to a press release from the Brownwood Police Department, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, BPD officers were dispatched to a report of a large fight in the roadway in the 1700 block of Main Boulevard.

As officers traveled to the location, 9-1-1 callers shots fired.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found several subjects in the street and learned that the main fighters had left the area. Additionally, a call came in from Brownwood Regional Medical Center, reporting a gunshot victim in the emergency room.

After interviewing victims and witnesses, BPD officers learned several people drove to the location to confront people at a house. During the argument, a physical fight broke out and at one point, Joefty Ivan Rodriguez, 19, of Brownwood, exited a vehicle and began randomly shooting a pistol at people.

The BPD Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and started an investigation. During the course of the evening and early morning hours, Rodriguez was located and interviewed and implicated himself in firing a weapon during the fight.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The 18-year-old shooting victim was care-flighted to Baylor-Scott and White in Temple, where he underwent surgery for a life-threatening injury.  He remains in critical condition.

According to Ballinger PD Asst. Police Chief James Fuller, there are no further details regarding the incident.