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Texas man shot during high school football game; witnesses say suspect ‘acted in self-defense,” the police says

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Police say an argument at a Carrollton, Texas high school football game led to the shooting.

A man was shot Thursday night during a Texas high school football game, and the witnesses said the man accused of shooting at him “acted in self-defense,” police said.

In the middle of the third quarter of the junior varsity game at Hebron high School, two men begin to fight on the home side of the athletic state around 8:30 pm, and ask witnesses to report to the authorities, a press release from the Carrollton Police Facebook page said Friday.

The men eventually went in the direction of the stadium, a car park, “where callers then reported hearing a gunshot,” police said.

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Officers arrived and took the 47-year-old suspect into custody and the injured man, 31, was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, an earlier press release from the police said.

The authorities have not identified the men involved. No students were injured or otherwise involved in the encounter, police said.

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“Several witnesses in support of the 47-year-old Carrollton man’s account that he acted in self-defense against the 31-year-old Fort Worth man who he shot in the chest,” the press release said. “The man who was shot is in critical condition in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, but is expected to survive. He is to cooperate with the investigation, but do not want to file charges.”

Law enforcement chose to refer the case to a grand jury, and the defendant has since been released, police said.

“After consultation with the Denton County District Attorney’s Office, the detectives have decided to refer the case to the grand jury examine the facts to determine whether criminal prosecution will be set,” the press release said. “The man has been released from custody pending the decision of the grand jury.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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