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    Initial accidental shooting claim contradicts evidence

    By Larry Statser,

    2024-06-11

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    WICHITA FALLS ( KFDX/KJTL ) — A man on federal probation for illegal gun charges is back in jail after police said he shot another man who was also on probation and tried to clean up the scene before fleeing, and the victim gave false information on how he was shot.

    Christopher Graham, 45, of Wichita Falls, is jailed on three charges after an investigation of a reported accidental shooting on June 1, 2024, in the 2100 block of Joline Street.

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    When police arrived on the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound in his left leg and called for an ambulance. Before being taken to the hospital, police said the victim told them he had been on his front porch when he heard a gunshot and felt pain in his leg.

    At the hospital, they said the victim told them he was walking to his truck to get cigarettes when he was shot and tried to hop back into his house but collapsed on the porch.

    However, police said they found a trail of blood from the kitchen to the front door and the shape of the droplets indicated the victim was going from the kitchen to the door. They also said there was an apparent bullet mark on the kitchen floor and a slug not far from it.

    Children who were in the home said another man had been in the home when the shooting happened and that the other man tried to clean up the blood in the kitchen with a mop, then ran out the back door when police arrived.

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    Officers then found a 9 mm handgun in the alley behind the house, which records show was stolen.

    After the victim came out of surgery, police reinterviewed him and said he told them he had been outside when shot because he did not want to get himself or Graham in trouble because both are on federal probation.

    Police said the victim told them he was actually in the kitchen making food for himself and Graham when he heard a gun go off and felt pain in his leg. He said he attempted to get out to his truck but collapsed on the porch from loss of blood.

    Authorities said the victim said while his fiancée tried to help him stop the bleeding, he was told that Graham had cleaned up the blood inside, washed his hands, and then gone out the back door.

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    According to authorities, records show Graham pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and received 97 months and three years of probation.

    Police said that as part of that plea, other state charges were dropped, including evading arrest, aggravated assault of an officer, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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