18-year-old dies in Upshur County shooting involving drug deal

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UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – Upshur County authorities are investigating a homicide that they say involved an illegal drug transaction.

According to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, the homicide happened on February 13 on Juniper Road between Gladewater and Big Sandy.

Jonathon Christopher Johnson, 18, died at a Longview hospital from gunshot wounds sustained in the incident.

UCSO says the call about the shooting originally came in as a drive-by shooting, but the subsequent investigation proved that was not true and the shooting was not random.

The sheriff’s office says the shooting revolved around “an illegal drug transaction.”

All parties in the incident have been identified. The case is being finalized and will be presented to the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a grand jury.

On February 13, a homicide occurred on Juniper Rd, between Gladewater and Big Sandy, Texas. Jonathon Christopher Johnson, 18 y.o.a., died at a Longview hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds in the incident.

This call originally came to the Upshur County Communications Center as a “drive-by” shooting, however investigation proved this was not the case and was not a random act.

All participants in this event have been identified. The confrontation between the parties involved an illegal drug transaction.

This case will be finalized and forwarded to the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a Grand Jury.

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