EARLY — Mason Carpenter, the 22-year-old Lake Brownwood man wanted for evidence tampering following last week’s shooting in Early, has turned himself in to the Brown County Jail, Early Police Chief David Mercer said Thursday.
Carpenter was also wanted on Brownwood charges, Mercer said.
The chief said he had no new details to release on the Dec. 5 shooting, which happened at 11:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Lucas Drive.
Jeremiah Jay Jones, 17, who was shot in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Jones’ family said he is improving and expected to make a full recovery, Mercer said earlier.
Keirsten Matlock, 19, of Early, was arrested Monday on a warrant for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, Mercer said earlier. Matlock is free on $7,500 bond.
The shooting took place in Matlock’s bedroom, where several people including Jones were gathered, Mercer said. He said police found methamphetamine and paraphernalia including packaging materials in the bedroom.
Jones was shot after another 17-year-old male began playing with a gun and pointing it others, Mercer said. He said earlier the shooting appeared to be accidental. Mercer said later, “Negligence would be the correct statement.”
The shooting will be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter, Mercer said.