Teen arrested in shooting of man at car wash in Forest Hill

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A 17-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on accusations that he repeatedly shot a man found last week staggering on Mansfield Highway.

Dmorion Lamont Holleman faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Patrick Bell Collier, 27.

Collier was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition. Holleman was being held in the Forest Hill jail Thursday with bail set at $50,000.

An officer was patrolling the 4100 block of Mansfield Highway about 8 p.m. Dec. 2 when he spotted Collier stumbling in the highway near a Valero gas station, trying to flag down cars.

The officer stopped and found the man was covered in blood. Collier told the officer he’d been shot multiple times and that his shooter was driving a full-size gray van and lives on Eastover Avenue in Fort Worth, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Collier was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition.

The next day, according to the affidavit, Collier’s mother asked her hospitalized son who had shot him. Using his finger, he wrote “Ross” on his chest, the affidavit states.

Questioned if it was a teen that the mother referred to as “Little Ross”, Collier nodded yes, the affidavit states.

The mother told police that she did not know Ross’s full name but that he lived in the neighborhood and that his grandmother drove a silver or gray van. The mother made a phone call, telling police that she’d learned Ross was about 17 or 18, goes by the name of “D’mo” and that his grandmother lived on Eastover.

Forest Hill investigators contacted Fort Worth police, who found two reports involving Holleman. In the reports, Holleman’s residence was listed on Eastover and he was driving a silver-colored Dodge van with the same license plate number that Collier’s mother had received from her sources, the affidavit states

Forest Hill investigators interviewed Collier on Dec. 4 at JPS hospital.

“Due to his medication condition he was limited on how much he could talk,” states the affidavit, written by Detective R. Winters.

Collier told investigators that a man from the neighborhood whom he knew only as “Pooh Bear” or “D’mo” had approached him in a van as Collier walked on Mansfield Highway. Collier said he then went to a nearby car wash, where he said D’Mo shot him.

Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis said Collier suffered five or six gunshot wounds in the shooting, including to his face, but is expected to survive. He said the motive behind the shooting is still unclear.

Tarrant County court records show Holleman was sentenced in October to one year of deferred adjudication probation on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon. As part of his probation, court records show Hollemon was ordered to obtain his high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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