One family had a rude awakening Sunday morning when two gunshots were randomly fired into their home about 9:30 a.m.
One of the shots hit a child’s toy tractor, while the second shot passed through an interior wall and exited through a back window about eight inches above the back of a couch.
“It could have been tragic if someone had been sitting on that couch,” Captain Jason King with the Stephenville Police Department, said. “Fortunately, no children were home when the incident occurred, but other family members were there.”
Authorities said dispatch received several calls Sunday morning reporting that a man wearing a red shirt was firing a gun in the 900 block of West Long Street.
When officer Brad Green arrived at the scene he spotted a man matching the suspect’s description hiding behind a tree.
The man, later identified as Donald Roy Tullos, 51, of Stephenville, was allegedly holding a silver handgun and told the officer that a man was trying to kill him.
The police report said Tullos was acting “very agitated and nervous.”
“His behavioral indicators are consistent with someone under the use of methamphetamine,” King said.
Tullos was arrested and charged with deadly conduct. His bond is set at $100,000.
King said the family whose home was hit by the gunfire did not know Tullos.
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