Livingston man sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting at deputies during standoff

Livingston man sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting at deputies during standoff

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Polk County judge found a 51-year-old man who fired several shots at deputies and caused a five-hour standoff back in April guilty earlier this month.

The judge then sentenced Russell Dale Pumphrey, of Livingston, to 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for each of the two felony aggravated assault of a public servant charges, according to the Polk County District Attorney's Office. He will serve the prison terms concurrently, or at the same time.

Pumphrey pleaded no contest to the charges, according to the Polk County DA's Office. He will not be able to appeal the ruling.

According to a press release, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, received a call from Pumphrey's estranged wife at 9:15 p.m. on April 12. She told authorities that she had received a picture from Pumphrey of himself and a shotgun.

At short time later, PCSO deputies arrived at a home in the 200 block of E. Taylor Lakes Circle in attempt to locate Pumphrey. When the deputies contacted Pumphrey by phone, he allegedly refused to come out and made threats.

After the CPSO deputies set up a perimeter around the home, they called in the county's Special Response Team. The SRT members made contact with Pumphrey after they arrived on the scene.

Pumphrey fired several shots at the deputies and refused to come out of his house, the press release stated.

Five hours later, Pumphrey was taken into custody without any further incident after the Special Response team members made a "soft entry" into the home and surprised him, according to Chief Deputy Byron Lyons with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. At that point, Pumphrey was taken to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in Livingston's emergency room for medical clearance.

Hammack said his deputies, who were assisted by the Texas Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Pct. 2 Constable's Office, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department and Allegiance EMS, were able to turn a volatile situation into a peaceful solution.

Hammack also praised everyone involved for showing great restraint even after some of them were shot at by the suspect.

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