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Texas man charged with ‘deadly conduct’ for shooting at men who attacked his fiancée

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a Spring, Texas, resident is being accused of firing "indiscriminately" at two men in ski masks, who were allegedly in the process of attacking his fiancée. The two men fled but the resident shot at them down a busy street. "He began to indiscriminately shoot multiple rounds down the street," an officer said. "These rounds definitely went down a very crowded street." (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

A Texas man was arrested Friday and subsequently charged with a third-degree felony after shooting at two men who were allegedly attacking his fiancée.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed Spring, Texas, resident Jeremiah Morin is being accused of firing "indiscriminately" at two men in ski masks, who were allegedly in the process of attacking his fiancée as she returned home last Friday and was attempting to bring her child inside, according to the Houston Chronicle. Detectives found tie straps near the home that they believe the men dropped during their escape.

Authorities have admitted they believe the men were likely going to commit a crime against Morin's fiancée.

"It looked like some nefarious stuff was going to happen," Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Capt. Bryan Carlisle said. "There's no doubt about that."

Morin, 34, reportedly retrieved his gun and began firing multiple rounds at the attackers, and continued pursuing the attackers and shooting at them as they fled the scene.

"He began to indiscriminately shoot multiple rounds down the street," Carlisle said. "These rounds definitely went down a very crowded street."

Eyewitnesses told authorities that one of the attackers had Morin's fiancée in a headlock and was attempting to drag her against her will.

"You can make the assumption that maybe they were trying to take her or take one of the kids," Carlisle said. "We don't know for sure, we're looking at the totality of the circumstances."

Police said detectives did not find any stray bullets that hit nearby homes, and they didn't find any blood trails indicating either of the two men had been hit by a bullet. The attackers are still at large.

Morin is reportedly a member of the gang Tango Blast and authorities believe the attack was gang-related. Carlisle said they are looking at all possibilities regarding the incident.

"You can make the assumption that maybe they were trying to take her or take one of the kids," Carlisle said. "We don't know for sure, we're looking at the totality of the circumstances."

The Texas Penal Code states that someone commits third-degree felony deadly conduct if they "knowingly discharge a firearm at or in the direction of one or more individuals or a habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied."

If convicted, Morin could spend up to 10 years in prison.

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