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Victoria man charged after shooting through his RV

By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 17, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

James Rodney Holt

A Victoria man was arrested Wednesday night after illegally firing a shotgun and catching his RV on fire.

James Rodney Holt, 47, was arrested by Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies and charged with deadly conduct/discharge of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a firearm by a felon.

Victoria County volunteer fire departments and the Victoria Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at U.S. Highway 87 and Crawford Drive about 8:50 p.m.

When they arrived, officials were told by Holt that multiple people were shooting at him, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

The deputies secured the scene, but, allowed fire crews to extinguish the blaze in minutes.

"The investigation is still ongoing, but from what we have determined at this time, he (Holt) was under the influence of drugs and was hallucinating and thought he was being attacked and thought his life was in jeopardy," Capt. Herb Tucker said. "He had access to a double barrel 20-gauge shot gun and was firing slug ammo throughout the trailer and into his own truck."

Pray said the fire was accidental and was caused when the shotgun blasts caught the polyester curtains in the trailer on fire.

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