Lufkin man arrested at Lufkin CHI after alleged threats to get service

James Landers (Source: Angelina County Jail)
James Landers (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police arrested a Lufkin man accused of threatening to shoot someone in order to get service at an emergency room Friday morning.

James Aaron Landers, 31, is charged with terroristic threat.

Lufkin police spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth said Landers came into the emergency room at 9:20 a.m. at Lufkin CHI-Memorial and said, "Who am I going to have to shoot to get some service around here?" and that he was "going to go John Q on everybody," referring to a film starring Denzel Washington.

"I was headed to get some coffee and the nurse came back and told us to get to our rooms," said Tim Shepherd, a witness.

Pebsworth said Landers did not touch anyone and walked out of the hospital, where police met him and arrested him.

"All of our officers are trained in active shooting, so we used our active shooter protocol," said David Thomas, Assistant Chief of Police.

Pebsworth said Landers admitted to being on meth a couple days earlier. He also told officers that he had spiders coming out of his ears and needed a new heart from the hospital.

"It's not that uncommon for people to take drugs and act irrationally," Thomas said. "We conducted a high risk traffic stop got him out of the car at gunpoint and took him into custody without incident," Thomas said.

Landers did not touch anyone and he did not have a gun. He did have gun accessories in his vehicle.

"All the laws showed up there in the front, and we slipped up there to look," Shepherd said. "I was a little scared I guess."

"There's no reason to have concern. The suspect is in custody, and the hospital is running as normal," Thomas said. 

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