An incident between two friends at a home in a Dekalb, Texas, on Sunday night left one of the men dead and the other saying he fired in self-defense.
Bowie County deputies were called to the home just before midnight and when they arrived, they found a man, identified as Rodney Clay Peters, suffering from a gunshot wound.
According to Peters’ roommate, Nicholas Paul, Peters had been acting “crazy” while carrying a rifle around the house. But when Peters entered Paul’s bedroom and aimed the rifle at him, Paul retrieved a handgun from beside his bed and fired a single shot, striking Peters.
Paul said Peters fell to the ground and he immediately called 911, then while waiting for paramedics to arrive, he performed CPR on his roommate, whom he described as his best friend. Efforts to save Peters failed and he was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
According to the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, evidence gathered at the scene was consistent with Paul’s account of what transpired. It’s unclear what led Peters to his state of mind at the time of the shooting.
No arrests were made, although the incident remains under investigation.