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Man shot after standoff
Houston County Courier - November 2007

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, a female family violence victim came to the Grapeland Police Department just before 1 p.m. to report that she had just been assaulted by her 38-year-old boyfriend at her residence located in the 400 block of Sycamore Street.

The woman reportedly managed to escape the attack and drive to the police department.
Grapeland Police Department Dispatch notified Grapeland Police Chief Roger Dickey of the disturbance and that the suspect reportedly had weapons.

Dickey arrived on the scene moments later. As dickey approached the front of the residence, the male suspect walked onto the front porch holding a shotgun.

Dickey drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to drop his gun. The suspect responded by retreating back into the residence.

Dickey went back to his patrol car and notified Houston County Sheriff's Office Dispatch of the incident and requested backup. As law enforcement arrived moments later, nearby homes were evacuated and a perimeter was established.

Agencies responding to assist included Houston County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Houston County Constable Precinct 2,
Grapeland Volunteer Fire Department and Grapeland EMS.

During the standoff, which lasted several hours, the suspect was contacted on his cell phone several times by law enforcement and family members. The suspect refused repeated requests to lay down his weapon and come outside. Throughout the standoff, the suspect fired several shots, both inside the home and on the screened-in front porch.

At approximately 3:46 p.m., the suspect came out of a side door holding a shotgun.

After taking several steps, he raised his weapon toward law enforcement officers. At this point, officers fired and the suspect went down.

Grapeland EMS transported the suspect to ETMC Crockett where he was later pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Clyde Black.  An autopsy was ordered by Black.
Texas Rangers were contacted and are investigating the incident.





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