Update on Maud shooting:One dead, one in critical condition after dispute over winch

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By Kenny Mitchell

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An apparent dispute over a winch has left one man dead and another critically injured. The dispute, between three men Wednesday night just south of Maud, resulted in gunfire as it escalated.

According to Bowie County Sheriff James Prince, at the scene of the incident on County Road 1201 just outside of Maud, two brothers were at the property where they became involved in a dispute with a third man who was there when they arrived.

During the course of the dispute, the third man pulled a gun and shot one of the brothers. One of the two brothers then allegedly ran over the shooter in their vehicle, as he was under fire.

On Thursday, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office released details on the incident.

According to the BCSO report, Jackie Lynn Autrey of Maud, Texas called Richard Dwade Rhea also of Maud, to sell him some batteries. Rhea expressed his displeasure over a winch Jackie had sold him the previous Monday, but agreed to buy the batteries.

Later in the evening, Jackie took the batteries to Rhea’s house and unloaded them next to his shop. An argument ensued between the two over the winch, during which, according to Autrey, Rhea produced a firearm and pointed it at him and he heard it discharge as he was leaving the property.

At some time later, Autrey decided to return to Rhea’s house to speak with him. While they were talking, Jackie’s brother, Johnny Wayne Autrey, 39 years of age, of Atlanta, Texas called him.

Rhea overheard Johnny Autrey threatening him while he was talking to his brother on the phone. Rhea told Jackie Autrey he was too old to fight and pulled out a firearm. Autrey again got in his vehicle to leave Rhea’s property and Rhea again fired shots at his vehicle while he was attempting to leave.

Jackie Autrey then passed his brother Johnny who was traveling in the opposite direction on his way home. He turned around and went back to Rhea’s house where he saw his brother’s vehicle parked.

As Jackie Autrey got closer to his brother’s vehicle, he saw Johnny lying on the ground and Rhea holding a firearm. Rhea then reportedly pointed the firearm at Jackie who ducked down in the seat of his vehicle. It was at this time Rhea was struck by the vehicle that Jackie Autrey was driving.

Jackie Autrey got out of his vehicle to find his brother critically injured and medical personnel were called to the scene.  The medical responders were unable to help Johnny Autrey, who passed away.

Rhea was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Texas Ranger Jay Womack is working with Bowie County Investigators on this ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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