A shooting that occurred Jan. 12 outside a McKinney motel was likely the result of a drug deal gone wrong, police said.
Jaqwa Cheguevera Ross, 18, of McKinney, was arrested in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 31, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Shelton Thacker, 18, outside the Super 8 Motel at 910 N. Central Expressway.
Ross was found through a joint effort involving the U.S. Marshals Services, Texas DPS, and the McKinney and Chicago police departments, said Sabrina Boston, McKinney PD spokeswoman. He is being held on $500,000 bond awaiting extradition back to Texas.
On. Jan. 12, Thacker was shot twice in the back and transported in critical condition to Baylor Hospital Dallas, where he survived. He was paralyzed from the waist down and lost a kidney because of the shooting, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Witnesses and associates describe in the affidavit, obtained by police Jan. 22, that the shooting happened when Thacker didn't pay for marijuana Ross delivered to him.
Detectives found text messages from Thacker to Ross prior to the shooting arranging for Thacker to buy $100 worth of marijuana from Ross. When Ross arrived and gave Thacker the marijuana, Thacker said “it looked good to him” and turned to walk off without paying, Thacker later told police.
That’s when Ross shot him twice, according to Thacker, who identified his shooter in a photograph provided by detectives. Ross and another man ran back to the car they arrived in, and a third subject drove them away north on Redbud Boulevard, the affidavit states.
Thacker and Ross had gone to school together their freshman and sophomore years of high school, and “had been arrested together in 2011 for illegal drugs,” police stated in the affidavit. Thacker’s friends who were at the motel during the incident told police Thacker never intended to pay for the marijuana.
One friend told detectives that Ross had been robbed multiple times while dealing drugs because he “is small and people take advantage of him,” and that Ross got a handgun because he’d “grown tired of being robbed,” the affidavit states. Ross is listed at 5-feet-7-inches tall and 130 pounds.
Ross’ criminal history, juvenile only, includes arrests for theft and delivery of marijuana, according to police. He was sentenced to probation for the delivery offense.
Two men and one woman who were initially held at the motel as potential suspects were subsequently released. Each of them had an alibi for the time the shooting occurred, police stated in the affidavit.
The investigation is ongoing, Boston said.