Garrison man used child as barricade, authorities say

Bradley Koonce mug shot courtesy of Rusk County Jail.
Bradley Koonce mug shot courtesy of Rusk County Jail.

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The Rusk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Garrison man accused of using a child to keep authorities from arresting him.

Bradley Dale Koonce, 39, of Garrison, is charged with assault family violence by strangulation, endangerment of a child and resisting arrest.

According to a press release, deputies responded to a Rusk County residence on County Road 3253 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in regards to a welfare concern.

Sgt. Viki Penny said deputies determined Koonce had assaulted an adult victim and tried to arrest him, but he grabbed a child and held them to keep deputies from handcuffing him.

Deputies managed to take the child from Koonce and arrest him without injuring the child. Koonce is being held in the Rusk County Jail on a collective $40,000 bond.

Sheriff Danny Pirtle commended the work of deputies Cody Runnels and Ben Reynolds in saving a victim of family violence and arresting Koonce without injuring the child.

Details on how the deputies managed to arrest Koonce were not available.

Copyright 2011 KTRE. All rights reserved.