Brownwood police released a report Thursday about an accidental shooting that happened Monday in a Brownwood home, leaving former Brownwood Lions football and basketball player Corleone Pressley injured in the arm by bullet fragments.
Michael Mims, 19, of Copperas Cove, remained in the Brown County Jail Thursday in connection with the shooting, charged with deadly conduct and evading arrest, jail records state. Pressley, a 2017 Brownwood High graduate, was injured while he was taking a shower and a .45 caliber handgun was accidentally discharged in another room, polIce said.
Bullet fragments struck Pressley’s arm after the bullet hit a wall and shattered, Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said.
Mims had been “displaying a handgun and recklessly pointing it at people for the past two days,” a report by officer Roberto Rodriguez states.
According to Rodriguez’s report:
Rodriguez was dispatched Monday afternoon to Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where Pressley, 18, said Mims accidentally shot him. Pressley’s wound had been wrapped by medical personnel.
Pressley said Mims had been allowed to stay in his home in the 2400 block of Elizabeth because he did not have a place to stay. He said he was talking a shower in the Elizabeth Street home when he heard a gunshot and realized he was hit in his left arm. Pressley said the gunshot must have gone through the wall and struck his arm. After realizing he was wounded, Pressley exited the shower and fell in the hallway.
Pressley said several people including his brother were in the home, and one of them told Pressley that Sims had accidentally fired the gun. Pressley did not know Mims’ whereabout, but Rodriguez learned Mims was likely at a home in the 2300 block of Elizabeth. Rodriguez drove to the home and saw Mims walking in an alley.
Rodriguez ordered Mims at gunpoint to drop his backpack and show his hands. Mims ran through yards, and as Rodriguez and other officers searched, Rodriguez saw Mims hiding between privacy fences between homes in the 2300 block of First.
Mims jumped through the fences and ran before being caught in the alleyway. Mims had a .45 caliber casing in his backpack, and Mims told another officer he had hidden the gun under a pile of bricks in a back yard. Officers recovered a Smith and Wesson 1911.
Mims was identified by all of the witnesses as the one who accidentally fired the gun. Mims “recklessly engaged in conduct that placed (Pressley) and the others present in imminent danger of serious bodily injury,” Rodriguez’s report states.