Selma man arrested for shooting and fake currency

Published 8:21pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

An incident on Monday on the 600 block of Broad Street has led to the arrest of a Selma man and now, the U.S. Secret Service might be involved in one part of the investigation.

Justin Lanyette Simpson, 25 of Selma, is facing multiple felony charges stemming from a shooting that took place around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

According to a release from the Selma Police Department, Simpson is believed to have fired multiple shots into an occupied vehicle, with at least one of those shots striking another vehicle that was traveling north on Broad Street.

The second car had two occupants who were not the target of Simpson’s alleged shots.

No one was reportedly injured in the shootings.

As for the shootings, Simpson is facing one count of attempted murder and two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

But, that is not end of Simpson’s charges.

The department also reported that Simpson had been under investigation for presenting counterfeit currency to a business in the 600 block of Highland Avenue.

According to the release, detectives had enough probable cause to charge Simpson as one of the subjects involved in passing the fake money.

Lt. Johnny King with the Selma Police Department said the department was contacting the U.S. Secret Service to notify them of Simpson’s arrest and that more arrests are planned in the counterfeit case.

In the case involving the fake money, Simpson has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument first degree. This charge is a Class B felony, which carries with it a possible prison sentence of two to 20 years.

The attempted murder charge is a Class A felony, which carries with it a possible prison sentence of 10 to 99 years. The charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle has a prison sentence range of two to 20 years and is a Class B felony.

Simpson reportedly turned himself into authorities Monday evening and has since been charged and placed in the Dallas County Jail. In total, Simpson is being held on $210,000 in bonds.

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