Midland Police Arrest Man Wanted in Shooting Incident

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midland Police have arrested a man suspected of opening fire on another man after a fight on Tuesday evening.

The Midland SWAT team arrested 20-year-old Robert Thomas Jr. in the 1200 block of East Parker around 3:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say Thomas shot 42-year-old Joe Rickie Larez once in the left calf as he walked in the 1200 block of Parker Tuesday evening. Another bullet grazed his back.

The shooting was a result of a verbal altercation between Larez and Thomas that escalated into Thomas pulling a handgun on Larez and firing at him.

Thomas was transported to the Midland County Jail and booked in on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.