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Used car dealer, son charged in shooting

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Granbury used car dealer and his son turned themselves in after warrants were issued for their arrest in connection with a shooting in January.

Ronald Thomas Pruitt, 58, owner of Pruitt Auto Sales, and his son, Blake Thomas Pruitt, 37, were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident happened on Jan. 22 at the dealership on Highway 377 East.

The victim, Brendon Scott Gilleland, 25, was shot in the shoulder with a handgun. His injuries were not life threatening, police said.

It’s unclear why the man was shot because law authorities aren’t saying much.

“We will not release any further information at this time,” Deputy Police Chief Cliff Andrews said.

Police said the case was in the hands of the district attorney’s office.

The Hood County News reached out to District Attorney Ryan Sinclair for more information, but he forwarded the newspaper’s request to the Texas Attorney General’s office for an opinion on what would be considered public information.

Sinclair is concerned that disclosing certain information would interfere with prosecution of the case.

Lt. Russell Grizzard said the delay in charges had to do with waiting on surveillance DVRs from the lab.

“Since we had different versions of exactly what happened, we were not going to get warrants for anyone until we could determine as much as possible what really happened,” Grizzard said. | 817-573-7066, ext. 245



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