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Police arrest suspect linked to Tuesday fatal shooting in Longview

By Peggy Jones pljones@news-journal.com
May 18, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.


<em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> There were many factors involved in Douglas' arrest. For a more complete picture, find our full story at http://bit.ly/KB2krue.</em>

Longview police have arrested a suspect linked to the Tuesday shooting death of DeAundray Rossum.

Brendan Xavier Douglas, 22, of Longview, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at Good Shepherd Medical Center on an unrelated aggravated robbery warrant.

According to witness statements given to investigators, Douglas may have been in cahoots with two other men who ambushed Rossum and others. Douglas himself has not been identified as a shooter in the incident.

Rossum, a former Kilgore College student and football player, was found dead of gunshot wounds in a vehicle at a South Longview apartment complex. Two other people in the vehicle at the time of the shooting were treated for gunshot sounds.

According to a search warrant filed by Longview police, witnesses identified Douglas as one of the men in the car with Rossum the night of the fatal shooting.

Two witnesses to the shooting told investigators they were in the car with Rossum Tuesday evening when they picked up Douglas in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Estes Parkway.

One witness told investigators the four of them drove to Shreveport to buy crack cocaine. The other said they drove to Elysian Fields.

When that deal didn't happen, the four men returned to Longview.

Douglas directed Rossum to drive to Signal Hill, where he said he could buy marijuana.

Both witnesses told investigators they waited with Rossum inside the car at the apartment complex parking lot while Douglas went into an apartment. When Douglas came out, they said, he was approached by two men carrying firearms. The three spoke and Douglas ran off.

At that point, the two men approached the vehicle and opened fire on Rossum and his two passengers.

One witness said he escaped by running from the car; the other said he played dead.

Police said shortly after, Douglas arrived at Good Shepherd Medical Center by private car.

One of the witnesses said while he pretended to be dead, he overheard Douglas tell the other two men to look through his pockets.

That witness said Douglas and the two other men drove off in a light-colored vehicle that looked like a Lincoln.

Douglas is being held in Gregg County Jail on $250,000 bond in connection with a Sunday aggravated robbery in the drive-thru of another fast food restaurant.

In that incident a man told police he was a passenger in the right front seat of a car in the drive-through, when Douglas jumped in the car, produced a gun and demanded his wallet.

The man struggled with Douglas outside the car. He said Douglas ran off without the wallet. Investigators were able to lift Douglas' prints from the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant. 

For more on this developing story, see Saturday's edition of the News-Journal.

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