Livingston man arrested after stand-off with East Texas lawmen

Norman Fortin; mug shot from Polk County Jail
Norman Fortin; mug shot from Polk County Jail

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - Polk County sheriff's deputies responded to a call for help regarding a man threatening his family with a gun Monday evening. The reported disturbance  was on Knob Hill Road approximately 3 miles east of Livingston on Hwy 190.

The caller reported the assailant, Norman Fortin, 44 of Livingston, was armed with a handgun and had threatened family members.   Fortin confronted deputies on the front porch when they arrived at the residence.  They say he was armed with a pistol.

According to the report, Fortin, then retreated into the residence as all family members were safely evacuated to neighboring homes.

At 12:30 a.m. Fortin was located inside a bedroom of the residence, and arrested without incident.  Fortin was transported to the Livingston Memorial Hospital by Americare Ambulance Services to be evaluated.  After being treated by the Livingston Memorial Hospital, Fortin was transported to the Polk County Jail charged with Deadly Conduct.

Polk County Sheriff's Deputies along with the assistance from Troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol, Game Wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and a Polk County Pct. 3 Constable's Deputy established a perimeter around the residence. The Polk County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team which includes Pct. 4 Constable Dana "Bubba" Piper was summoned to the scene for tactical closure of the situation.  Texas Rangers from Polk County, Walker County and Angelina County also assisted at the scene in an attempt to establish communications with Fortin.

After several attempts to establish communications with Fortin had failed, members of the Lufkin Police Department Special Response Team were summoned to the scene with specialized camera equipment designed for searching the residence.

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