Man shot to death in Tyler apartment complex 3400 block on Varsity

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 8:50pm


Tyler Investigators have made an arrest in connection with the shooting that occurred at Varsity Place Apartments last night around 7:22 p.m.

Brandon Raynard Willis, B/M, 05/19/1992, of Dallas was charged with Manslaughter, a 2nd degree Felony.  The victim was identified as Daveon Johnson, B/M, 08/21/1993, also of Dallas.

Investigators determined that four young men from the Dallas area, including the two above are leasing an apartment at Varsity Place Apartments. Willis is a current student attending Tyler Junior College and Johnson is a former student of Tyler Junior College.  Three of the roommates were home at the time of the incident. 

Investigators were told that Willis had pointed a 38 revolver at Johnson and was explaining how he had been shot in the past.  Willis had pulled the trigger several times thinking the weapon was unloaded when it discharged striking Johnson.

Johnson was shot in the upper rights side of his back and was pronounced dead at East Texas Medical Center at 8:08 p.m.  An autopsy will be performed at Southeast Forensics.   
Information from Tyler Police

Tyler Police say a man was shot to death at a Tyler Apartment complex.

It happend near UT Tyler on the 3400 block of Varsity. At this time, police say they are questioning people

at the scene.


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