ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden arrested a 56-year-old Lufkin man on April 1 after he allegedly operated a boat recklessly on Sam Rayburn Reservoir while he was intoxicated and fired gunshots at fishermen.
While all this was taking place, the man's 10-year-old son was in the boat with him, according to the arrest affidavit.
Robert Mark Brumble was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Wednesday on three felony charges - endangering a child, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and deadly conduct. He posted a bail amount of $17,500 and was released from the jail the same day.
According to the arrest affidavit, the game warden received a call from Angelina County Sheriff's Office at about 4:56 p.m. on April 1 about a man operating a boat in a reckless manner in the no-wake zone at Hank's Creek on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. While the game warden was on his way to the lake, dispatch also notified him that the man had urinated in front of some boaters.
Dispatch also told the game warden that he needed to hurry because the man had just displayed a handgun and fired it at some fishermen, the affidavit stated.
When the game warden got to the scene, several people advised him to be careful because the man had a gun, the affidavit stated. The bystanders also told the game warden that the man had a young boy with him, the affidavit stated.
The game warden went along the tree line to the boat ramp and saw a man, who was later identified as Brumble, and a young boy trying to push their boat back out into the water.
"The lake was rough with about two- to three-foot swells crashing into the rear of the boat," the game warden wrote in the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the game warden put himself between Brumble and Brumble's 10-year-old son.
"Due to the nature of the call, I had already un-holstered my weapon and had it behind my back," the game warden wrote in the affidavit.
The game warden then tried to create distance by stepping backward and pushed the boy toward the parking lot. One of the witnesses took Brumble's son to the parking lot, the affidavit stated.
The game warden wrote in the affidavit that while he was trying to get the boy out of harm's way, he was screaming at Brumble to put his hands up. At that point, Brumble allegedly fell to his knees and tried to reach into his boat.
"I then pointed my weapon at Mr. Brumble and told him to stand up," the game warden wrote in the affidavit. "I advised Mr. Brumble to turn around where I could see what was behind him."
After the game warden told Brumble to walk backward toward the sound of his voice, the man took one step backward and again started to reach inside the boat with his left hand, the affidavit stated.
"I then stated to Mr. Brumble, 'Please don't make me shoot you in front of your 10-year-old son,'" the affidavit stated. "Mr. Brumble then placed his hands back over his head and stumbled backwards."
At that point, the game warden handcuffed Brumble and escorted him to the parking lot, and the man nearly fell twice. After a question from the game warden, who noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the man, Brumble admitted that he had been drinking beer.
Two Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies had arrived on the scene to assist by then.
The game warden then administered several field sobriety tests to Brumble, and he showed obvious signs of intoxication, the affidavit stated. He was then arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated.
Brumble was put into the back of an ACSO patrol unit and taken to the county jail.
Later, the TPW game warden spoke to several witnesses in the parking lot at Hank's Creek. They all said that Brumble had been operating a Ranger bass boat. He also got the cell phone number for the boy's mother and tried to call her to come pick her son up, the affidavit stated.
In response to a question from the TPW game warden, Brumble's son admitted that he had not been wearing a life jacket the whole time they were out on the choppy lake. The boy also said they had been going 70 mph.
"I then asked him about the gun," the game warden wrote in the affidavit. "Mr. Brumble's son confirmed that his dad displayed a firearm and fired it at or toward the other boats. I asked Mr. Brumble's son if he was scared, and he said yes."
Because the game warden was unable to get in touch with the boy's mother, he asked a Child Protective Services officer to come pick the boy up, the affidavit stated.
The ACSO deputy that inventoried the boat told the game warden that he had found a Taurus .45-caliber revolver in the boat's console, which was on the left side of the boat. The affidavit stated that Brumble had been standing on that side of the boat when the game warden arrived on the scene.
Later, the game warden looked up Brumble's criminal history and found that the man had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in June of 1994. The game warden then walked over to the jail and advised Brumble about the charges that had been filed on him.
While the game warden tried to explain everything to Brumble, he kept interrupting, the affidavit stated.
"Mr. Brumble never once asked about his son or his truck and trailer," the affidavit stated. "All Mr. Brumble stated to me was did I see him operating the boat."
Over the next few days, the game warden talked to witnesses. They all said that they saw Brumble operating his boat recklessly on the lake, and that no one in his water craft was wearing a life jacket, the affidavit stated. Several of them said they saw Brumble stop beside them and they heard gunfire "as though he was trying to scare us or maybe the shot was at us."
Another boater told the TPW game warden that he saw Brumble pass out in his boat after he stood up and urinated in front of the other boater's family, the affidavit stated.