Tyler man nabbed with arsenal

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

A Tyler man was arrested last week on several gun and drug charges after Sheriff’s deputies arrived at his home on County Road 74 in Tyler in response to a call of shots being fired, according to Sheriff Harris Huffman.

On the night of Sept. 14, 65-year-old Ella Sanders was watching television when suddenly someone started shooting into her mobile home. Sanders, who is confined to a wheelchair, had to throw herself onto the floor in order to avoid getting hit, Huffman said.

“The dispatchers actually heard the gun shots over the telephone when she called 911,” Huffman said.

Huffman said the deputies discovered several shell casings from different weapons outside and inside the home.

Haynes ambulance was also called to the scene to assist Sanders with minor glass cuts.

Shortly after the deputies began investigating the scene, Sanders’ son, 33-year-old “With the attitude he had, reckless driving, he was confronted,” Huffman said. “On his person, the deputies found marijuana and a white powered substance.”

The deputies also found several types of guns in Ondray’s car and inside the trailers, including a sawed-off shotgun, a Winchester rifle, .380 automatic pistol, an AK-47 assault rifle, an UZI magazine, and an SKS assault rifle, and a Tech 9 semi-automatic pistol.

“He also had some white powder that was packaged for what law enforcement considers for sale,” Huffman said. “When it was tested, it came back as containing no type of narcotics. There was some white powder found in the house that tested positive for cocaine.”

Huffman said investigators believe the shooting was in retaliation from either drug dealers or users who were sold fake drugs.

Investigators also believe that Ondray may have been inside the trailer at the time of the shooting and returned fire from his arsenal of weapons, Huffman said.

Ondray was taken to the Dallas County Jail under several charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of controlled substances, and gun charges.

His bond was set at $15,000.