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Affidavit: Azle man shot dead in RV park in dispute over vehicle

Tony Vincent Novello
Tony Vincent Novello

An Azle man was shot to death at a Tarrant County RV park during a vehicle dispute, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits.

Tony Vincent Novello, 24, is accused of fatally shooting Alec Puente, 22, about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Hilltop RV Park in the 7800 block of Jacksboro Highway, in unincorporated Tarrant County. Warrant affidavits released Friday by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department say the two men were in a dispute over a vehicle.

Puente, of Azle, arrived at the RV park around 2 a.m. Tuesday with a female friend “to possibly settle a vehicle dispute” with Novello, the affidavit said. Novello, who was sitting in a black Ford Mustang in front of a trailer, got out and confronted Puente.

Puente’s friend told police that she went inside to use the restroom and while inside, she heard what sounded like a gunshot. As she exited the trailer, she heard a second gunshot and saw Novello pointing what appeared to be a handgun in the direction of Puente, the affidavit said.

Novello got into a black Honda Accord and left as Puente ran to his friend’s car and fell into the back seat, saying, “Tony shot me.” She reported the shooting to 911 as she drove Puente to an Azle hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m. with an apparent gunshot in his middle torso, the affidavit said.

Authorities quickly began searching for Novello and went to serve a warrant for his arrest about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 3000 block of Las Vegas Trail in West Fort Worth. Sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham said the officers felt threatened and at least one deputy shot Novello.

Novello was taken to a hospital for treatment of an injury that is not life-threatening before being taken to jail, accused of murder, with bail set at $50,000. He remained behind bars Friday, according to the Tarrant County Jail.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST