Paris police turn Sunday fatal shooting over to a grand jury, Two weekend car accidents send two to hospital by care-flight

The Paris Police Department has identified the victim in a Sunday shooting in the 2800 block of Willow Bend as Charles William Jones, 29, of B.E. Master 222 in Paris.

Police questioned Thomas R. “Randy” Bunch, 60, of 2840 Willow Bend, who told officers he shot Jones. A disturbance involving Bunch’s daughter led to the shooting, Bunch told officers.

Curtis Garrett, the police department’s public information officer, said the case remains under investigation but that Bunch was released after questioning and the case would be presented to a grand jury.

Over the weekend, 18 people were arrested in Paris – 12 for Class C misdemeanors, 3 for theft, 2 for assault family violence, 3 for warrants, and 1 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers responded to 120 calls for service on Friday, 90 calls on Saturday, and 76 calls on Sunday.

Shawn Henry Simon, 35, of 319 Seventh St. SW Paris was arrested when officers responded to a call in the 300 block of Seventh Street SW.

Officers were told that Simon had hit the 39-year-old man in the head with a baseball bat. An ambulance took the man to PRMC-South, but the man refused treatment later and checked himself out of the hospital, police said.

Police investigated two separate single vehicle accidents resulting in serious injuries.

One accident was in the 1300 block of 26th NE, in which Ladarius Gunn, 22, reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and struck a mailbox. here the driver of a motorcycle lost control and struck mailbox. He was transported by Air-Evac to Plano Medical Center.

The second accident occurred at the intersection of Airport Road and U.S. 271 when Roger Eric Kunkle, 29, of Paris was ejected from his vehicle after his vehicle failed to negotiate a turn onto U.S. 271.

The vehicle went through a barbed wire fence and overturned, and Kunkle was ejected. He was transported by ETMC-Air One to East Texas Memorial hospital in Tyler.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.