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Man, 28, jailed on $1.1 million in bonds after house break-in, shooting near Tye

TYE, Texas - A 28-year-old man is jailed on bonds totaling $1.1 million after allegedly breaking into a house and shooting a resident at "close range" with a shotgun in a rural area south of Tye.

Donald Ray Grooms, who reportedly shot the unidentified 30-year-old man early Thursday morning, has been charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony: aggravated assault (a first-degree felony), and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (a third-degree felony).

According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, the resident was awakened when he heard someone "trying to kick open the door."

"The intruder eventually entered the home through a broken window, while another man waited outside," a news release said. "The intruder shot the resident, at close range, with a single shotgun blast. The victim was struck in the neck, and is currently in critical condition, following surgery at a local hospital."

Grooms and another man – Billy Leroy Ammons, 34 – were subsequently captured. Ammons has been charged with burglary of a habitiation with intent to comment a felony: Aggravated assault (a first-degree felony).

While Grooms is currently being held in Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $1.1 million, Ammons is jailed on $50,000 bond.



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