Drug deal gone bad leads to shooting

Denver man faces multiple felony charges

A Colorado man has been charged in connection with a shooting incident Saturday in Shawano, described by authorities as a drug deal gone bad.

Kevon E. Houston, 20, of Denver, was one of several people who came to a party at an apartment building at 1024 E. Fifth St. early Saturday to sell drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

As they returned to their car to leave, they were confronted by a number of people from the party who complained the drugs tasted like laundry detergent, the complaint states.

Houston leaned out of a rear passenger seat waving a gun, telling the people to get back, according to the complaint, and fired a bullet that struck a 31-year-old Shawano woman in the chest.

Police were called to the scene at about 3:40 a.m. The woman was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center with life-threatening injuries from which she has recovered, according to authorities.

Houston was taken into custody without incident outside a residence in the Middle Village area of the Menominee Indian Reservation on Saturday afternoon. Authorities also seized a handgun allegedly used in the incident.

A second person, a 22-year-old Denver man, was also taken into custody without incident at the same time. That person was transported to the Menominee Tribal Jail and is being held on several felony warrants from Colorado and a Menominee Tribal warrant.

According to the complaint, an 18-year-old female who had been driving the vehicle came to the party and asked if anyone was looking for drugs. She collected $20 from unnamed people at the party and returned a short time later with the drugs.

A crowd of 10-15 people surrounded their vehicle with complaints about the drugs before they could leave, according to the complaint, at which time Houston allegedly fired the weapon through the backseat window.

Houston is charged with three felony counts, including first-degree reckless injury, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine; reckless endangerment, which carries a possible 12½ years in prison and $25,000 fine; and manufacture/delivery of cocaine, which carries a possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

He was ordered held on a $100,000 cash bond and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Monday.