ETX man shot during argument over vehicle repairs

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:53pm

An East Texas man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was shot during a heated dispute over vehicle repairs.

At 10:10 p.m., Harrison County dispatchers received a call for help on the 12,900 block of Highway 154 in Harleton. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Johnny Deskus, 49, suffering from a gunshot wound to his left thigh.

According to Harrison County officials, the shooting happened during an argument over a vehicle repair. The suspect, Chance Godwin, 28, had stopped at a house on Highway 154 and told the owner he was going to fix a power steering pump before he could drive. The homeowner, Deskus, told Godwin to go ahead with his plans.

While both men were working on the vehicle, an argument broke out between the two on the work being done to the vehicle. Deskusly reportedly showed a stun gun, prompting Godwin to pull a pistol from the truck and shoot Deskus in his left thigh.

The victim was taken to a Marshall hospital for his wounds. Godwin was arrested and booked into the Harrison County Jail on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The gun was later recovered at the scene.

Godwin's bail was set at $50,000.

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