Selma Police make arrest in April shooting

Published 8:26 pm Saturday, July 14, 2012

A shooting on April 1 that left a 72-year-old Selma man in serious condition and paralyzed has gone unsolved since it happened.

A possible solution and some resolution to the family of Willie James Thomas, who remains paralyzed, might have come Friday with the arrest of 30-year-old Caleb Shaw.

Shaw has been arrested, charged with first-degree assault and placed in the Dallas County Jail under a $275,000 bond, and believed to have been the man who shot Thomas outside a neighborhood club near the intersection of Race Street and Shelley Avenue.

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Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley did not give any details Saturday on the investigation leading up to Shaw’s arrest.

In April, Riley did describe the scene on Shelley Avenue when officers arrived.

“Upon arrival, there were residents who flagged them down around the 3100 block of Shelley Avenue, telling them a man had been shot while he was standing outside his vehicle,” Riley told the Times-Journal. “Once there, they did find the victim lying on the floorboard of his vehicle at which time officers found the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to his neck area.”

Thomas, had reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his neck and was immediately transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center and then to Montgomery.