Angelina Co. Sheriff's Office: TDCJ guard took gun from son, hit him with it

Angelina Co. Sheriff's Office: TDCJ guard took gun from son, hit him with it

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard found himself on the opposite side of the bars after he was arrested for allegedly getting involved in a scuffle with his 17-year-old son at his ex-wife's house and hitting the young man in the head with a pistol Sunday.

Shawn Michael Grace, 39, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault of a family member with a weapon charge. His bail has been set at $7,500.

According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched out to a home in the 7400 block of State Highway 94 at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday. The caller told the dispatcher that her ex-husband was trying to get inside her home.

The woman also said that her ex-husband was fighting with her their 17-year-old son and that he took a pistol away from the young man before he left, the report stated.

A short time later, ACSO deputies found Grace's vehicle and pulled him over across from Hudson ISD's Peavy Primary campus. Grace was wearing a TDCJ uniform at the time, and a pistol was found in the vehicle's center console.

When deputies met with the complainant, she told them that she had been divorced from Grace for more than a year, the report stated. She also told them that he wanted to come talk to their children, but she kept texting no.

"He insisted and said, 'There will be fireworks' and came over," the report stated.

When Grace arrived at the home, the son came out to meet him armed with a pistol, according to the report. At one point, Grace allegedly got his son in a headlock, but the young man got away.

The report stated that Grace rushed his son again, took the gun away from, and hit him on the head with it before he left the scene.

Jason Clark, a TDCJ spokesman, confirmed that Grace is employed as a prison guard at the Ellis Unit. Grace has been employed by the TDCJ for 12 years.

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