Shooting Victim Dies In Local Hospital; One Man Charged

Douglas Maximus Heffernan (Jail photo)

KILLEEN (January 22, 2013)--A 20-year-old man who was shot in the head on Jan. 16 in a house near a Killeen high school has died at Scott & White Hospital in Temple and one of the two men who were with him at the time has been charged in connection with the shooting, police said Tuesday.

Jack Tullos Tennyson was flown to Scott & White after the shooting, which happened as one of the men with him “was handling a revolver in an unsafe manner, causing a negligent discharge,” police said in a new release Tuesday.

Tennyson died late Saturday afternoon, police said Tuesday.

Douglas Maximus Heffernan, 23, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting, police said.

He was in the Bell County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $500,00 bond.

An affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says Heffernan told investigators he accidentally shot Tennyson while cleaning the gun

“The suspect stated that he pulled the trigger while cleaning the weapon, causing it to fire at the victim's head,” the affidavit said.

The investigator said in the affidavit that he had viewed photographs of the Taurus Revolver, which was found at the scene, “and have observed that the loaded bullets are clearly visible when the cylinder is closed

Police initially said the shooting victim was a Fort Hood soldier, but a post spokesman later said the man may have been a former soldier, but was not currently serving.

It was also not clear whether either of the two other men is a soldier, but all three men were living in the house, police said.

The house is near Ellison High School, whose parking lot was used as a landing zone for the medical helicopter.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said a handgun was recovered at the scene.