Suspect, woman taken into custody after standoff, setting RV on fire in Henderson County
The woman was not a hostage, but had been with the man in the car as he fled a traffic stop earlier in the evening, the sheriff said.
HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A standoff situation on Monday night ended with the suspect and a woman setting fire to the RV that they were inside and climbing on its roof; a taser finally stopped the man, and he and the woman were taken into custody, according to the sheriff.
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said the situation began as an attempted traffic stop by Eustace police, when the suspect bailed out of his car and fled on foot. He showed the officers that he had a gun when they approached.
He then barricaded inside an RV that did not belong to him, where he called out to law enforcement that he had a hostage inside with him, the sheriff said. Hillhouse said they have confirmed that there is a woman inside the home, but she was not a hostage. She had actually been in the vehicle with the suspect when Eustace police attempted the traffic stop that began the incident, he added.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office tactical unit negotiated with the suspect for several hours. Toward the end of the negotiations, the man and woman lit the RV they were in on fire, then climbed on the roof of it. Officials shot several 40mm less-lethal foam rounds at the man, hitting him three times. He still did not surrender, Hillhouse said.
The man then attempted to go back inside the burning RV, but some tactical team members were able to get on the roof of the RV and used a taser device to stop him, the sheriff said. They then took the man and the woman away from the burning RV.
The man was arrested, and taken to a local emergency room for medical clearance before taking him to jail.
The woman was checked out by EMS at the scene, then was arrested on outstanding warrants, according to Hillhouse.
In addition to the arrests by the sheriff’s office, the Henderson County fire marshal will be investigating the incident as arson.
Responding to the scene were the Henderson County fire marshal, Eustace PD, Log Cabin PD, Payne Springs PD, and Texas DPS.
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