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Shooting victim faces paralysis, family member says
William Fernandez reportedly shoots roommate
Mauzy Street shooting
102 Mauzy Street.

A former Homecoming King at Warren County High School faces charges of attempted criminal homicide after allegedly shooting his roommate following an argument.

William Dejesus Fernandez, 21, of McMinnville is being held without bond.

Fernandez was arrested in the early morning hours of July 4 after allegedly opening fire on Deven Grove, 25, and striking him three times. The incident took place at the home they shared at 102 Mauzy Street, which is off Sparta Street. Used was a 40-caliber handgun.

“I arrived at 4 a.m. and Mr. Fernandez was outside the residence waiting in the street,” said McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland, who is lead investigator. “He was taken into custody at that time and transported to the jail. I’ve interviewed Fernandez and have his side of what happened. Hopefully, I can speak with Grove today and he can share his.”

Grove is undergoing treatment at a Nashville hospital for a broken neck, broken clavicle and a shattered C-7 vertebra, which reportedly paralyzed him from the waist down, a family member told the Standard on Tuesday.

“His condition was considered critical,” said Rowland. “He’s paralyzed, from what I was told. Hopefully, I can speak with him today.”

Police detective Katelyn Cannon says the verbal argument may have been fueled by alcohol. “I don’t believe it became physical. Fernandez left the residence, returned, and walked into the house. That’s when the shooting took place.”

Rowland provided more details about what happened when Fernandez began shooting.

“We believe that Grove was standing in the hallway and Fernandez was in the dining room,” said Rowland, when asked where in the home the shooting took place. “That’s where we found shell casings. Each of the boys’ girlfriends were there. They actually woke up to the sound of gunfire. That was approximately 3:20 a.m. and 911 was called at 3:45 a.m.”

Fernandez was well-known and popular during his time at WCHS. He was named 2018 Homecoming King and he appeared in several plays at Park Theater with Dream Reality Group.

Fernandez’s first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.