Arrest made in drive-by shooting

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A warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was served on Wesley Whiten Nov. 26, according to a press release from the Cuero Police Department. Whiten is in the custody of the DeWitt County Jail. 
 
This offense occurred March 3 when Markus Perez was shot once in the chest during a drive-by shooting at house in the 600 block of Crain St. in Cuero.  
 
Neighbors reported hearing several gunshots at that time of the shooting. A bullet was recovered at the scene. Due to an uncooperative victim and  witnesses, the case was not cleared.  
 
Two months later, police investigated another shooting in the 600 block of Aransas Pass St. In this shooting the police recovered 9 mm pistol that was later determined to have been used in the March shooting.
 
Brandon Perez, brother of Markus Perez, was shot twice in the face while walking along Aransas Pass St. on April 29. 
Whiten was a suspect in the April shooting.
 
The bullet recovered from the shooting on March 3 was sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for ballistic testing. The crime lab reported the bullet that struck Markus Perez was fired from the same gun used in the April shooting. 
 
“This arrest is linked directly to the case in March. The break in this case came after the shooting in April in which a firearm was recovered and ballistic examinations showed that the same gun was used in both shootings,” said Cuero PD Capt. Steven Ellis.
 
Bond was set at $30,000 and the warrant was issued out of Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Peggy Mayer’s Court.
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