A Sherman man was indicted this week on charges that he attempted to kill his ex-wife’s new love. Roderick Mask, 38, was indicted on attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charges this week. The indictments are formal charges and are not evidence of guilt.
Court documents allege that on Oct. 3, Mask fired a gun at Desean Price in Denison near Mundt Drive with the intent to commit murder. The affidavit also says that Mask threatened Price with imminent bodily injury and exhibited a handgun.
The court documents show this was not Mask’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted of tampering with evidence back in 2014. His use of the gun in the attack on Price, the court documents state, comes within five years of Mask’s conviction of that felony. Additionally, the documents state, Mask was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon back in 2005.
A police report quotes Price as telling police that he was on his way back from a storage facility on Oct. 3, when Mask, who is Price’s girlfriend’s ex-husband, stopped him. Price said Mask opened the sunroof of his vehicle and pointed a firearm at Price. Mask then stepped out of the car and began firing at Price. As he was still in his vehicle, Price backed up into a nearby yard where he struck another car. Price then drove around the block and returned to his home.
Price told police that the shooting was not the first bit of trouble between the two. He said that about a week before the shooting, he and Mask happened to be at the same gas station. Price said Mask bumped into him and they exchanged words. Price said they continued to argue outside and Mask pulled a gun out of his SUV. Price said he and Mask’s ex-wife have been together for two years and Mask has tried to cause problems and make threats that entire time.
Mask was booked into the Grayson County Jail on May 12 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempt to commit murder, deadly conduct discharge of a gun and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. His bond totals $300,000. Mask does not appear to be represented by an attorney on these charges.