Shots were fired during a car chase Wednesday morning following the theft of a vehicle and a reported marijuana sale at a Van Alstyne apartment complex.
Van Alstyne city spokesperson Lee Thomas, who also serves as a City Council member, relayed information from Van Alstyne Police Chief Tim Barnes that several 911 calls came in beginning at 12:51 a.m. that reported shots had been fired in the area of Miller Lane, Nunnalle and W.A. Denton streets.
One caller told police he had been the victim of an armed car jacking, saying the thief had placed a gun to his head and then driven off with his 2012 red Hyundai. The caller said he then walked to a home in the 700 block of W.A. Denton, and that the homeowner contacted police for him.
Van Alstyne Police Officer Wienandt was the first to respond and begin investigating the gunshots, as he also heard them. Then Wienandt saw a silver Dodge Charger in the nearby vicinity and stopped it on probable cause.
Thomas said there were two males inside the vehicle, and a third one outside, trying to hide what the officer found was a handgun. While he had them in custody and was gathering their identification, a fourth man walked up, claiming to be lost and walking around. The officer then began questioning him, too. They all appeared to know each other and all four are either 17 or 18 years of age.
Police interviewed the victim and found his stolen car nearby.
A male suspect from Anna was arrested on a charge of tampering with physical evidence. Another male suspect, of McKinney, was jailed on a charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
Police also found a second handgun inside the Dodge, and a BB gun inside the victim’s vehicle. Thomas said that resembled a real handgun. They also learned that there had been two other people inside the Hyundai.
Police determined the four men in the Dodge had driven to Van Alstyne to sell marijuana to those in the Hyundai. They set up a meeting at an apartment complex and that transaction happened. Then, the two groups got into an “altercation” which started the chase and the shots being fired.
There was no further information provided on the marijuana. Thomas said this is an ongoing investigation. More charges may be filed, but for now there are no further details available.