Man arrested, charged with shooting at house in Yorktown

Sonny Long

Dec. 23, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.

Kenneth Stolte

Kenneth Stolte

A 42-year-old Pettus man was arrested on a charge of shooting at a house in Yorktown early Friday.

Kenneth Gary Stolte, who was arrested at the scene, was charged with deadly conduct after he allegedly shot at a house in the 200 block of South Mehnert Street in Yorktown, Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos said.

Stolte is accused of firing a rifle from his truck into the home of James Dueser, hitting it four times, Campos said.

No one in the home was injured, although one occupant was in the front room when a bullet came through a window.

Stolte had also emptied bullets from a .45-caliber handgun through the windshield of his 2007 Dodge Ram that was stuck in the mud across from Yorktown Junior High School, the police chief said.

Yorktown Police responded to a call of shots being fired at 12:33 a.m. and found Stolte in his truck attempting to reload the rifle.

"Luckily, he had put a shell in backwards and was struggling with it when officers arrived," Campos said.

Yorktown Police used a Taser to subdue and arrest Stolte.

"There was a bunch more ammo for the rifle inside the truck and two loaded .45 clips," Campos said. "There was also a .357 he hadn't fired."

Two large unopened bottles of whiskey were also found in the truck, Campos said.

Campos said no one in the Dueser household knows Stolte, and the motive for the shooting continues to be investigated.

The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office and Cuero Police Department assisted Yorktown Police at the scene.

Stolte remained in the DeWitt County Jail on Friday.



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