A Van Alstyne man was arrested Saturday night after Van Alstyne Police Chief Tim Barnes said the department received several calls about a disturbance.
“At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, dispatch received a call about a disturbance in the Hackberry Park Apartments,” Barnes said. “Dispatch also received a call prior to that about a fight in the same complex.”
Officers were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived, nobody was outside. Barnes said a few neighbors in the complex approached the officers and informed them that the earlier conflict involved Lee Mason.
The neighbors also told officers Mason discharged some rounds from a weapon, Barnes said.
The officers attempted to make contact with the suspect and coerce him to come outside. Barnes said Mason refused to come out.
“Once the suspect refused to come out, Sherman Police Department was contacted,” he said. “A negotiator from Sherman and Denison, along with Sherman SWAT, came out to attempt to diffuse the situation.”
The negotiators tried for hours to convince Mason to give up and come out of the barricaded apartment, though he refused to leave. Once the officers realized the negotiations were not working, they changed tactics, Barnes said.
“The officers obtained a search warrant and arrest warrant for Mason,” Barnes said. “Then, they used tear gas to vacate his apartment.”
Due to the tear gas, officers were able to arrest Mason without incident. Mason was booked into the Grayson County Jail for deadly conduct discharge with a firearm. His bond is set at $20,000.
Barnes said that the police departments in Sherman, Denison, Howe, Gunter and Anna all assisted with the incident.