Temple man held on deadly weapon assault, burglary charges

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A 26-year-old Temple man is being held on charges he fired shots at a man and that he had earlier  been involved in taking a safe containing gold from a business.

Dennis Ray Lexion was booked into the Bell County Jail early Friday morning.

Information released by the Temple Police Department indicated officers were sent to the 900 block of South 21st Street about 2:40 p.m. Thursday on a report of shots being fired.

The victim found at the scene said that a man he believed to be Dennis Lexion had fired a shot at him, which missed, then left going south on 21st.

The victim also told officers that earlier Lexion had tried to run his girlfriend off the road.

He identified the vehicle as a silver Chevy Traverse.

As they worked the case, officers were also advised that Lexion was wanted for burglary in a case going back to June of 2018. 

In that case, officers had investigated a break in at Mike’s Gold Buyers at 2411 Market Loop. 

Employees called police when they found the back door of the busines open and a safe was missing.

The safe was estimated to have contained about $2,000 worth of gold.

Officers had developed Lexion as a suspect based on fingerprint evidence collected at the scene.

As they continued their search for Lexion following the shooting incident, officers found him near the intersection of West Nugent Avenue and North General Bruce Drive where he was taken into custody on the burglary warrant with screening begun on the new charges.

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