The Denison Police Department said it is still investigating the claims of a man who said he was attacked with a broom handle following a Sunday church service last week.


Lt. Mike Eppler said the alleged incident occurred at the St. Paul Baptist Church in the 400 block of East Nelson Street shortly after 11:30 a.m. last Sunday. Eppler said the dispute began when a woman in the church’s kitchen asked the man to leave. He said a group of people then gathered and attempted to get the man to leave. Eppler said the man then claimed a member of the group tried to attack him.


“Two folks got into it and some other folks tried to get one of the guys to leave, so one of them picks up this old rusty, aluminum broom handle and swings it at the guy,” Eppler said. “That’s what he alleges, but the other people said they didn’t do it.”


Eppler said the department was investigating the report as a possible aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


“Anything could be a deadly weapon if it’s used in a deadly manner,” Eppler said. “An ink pen could be a deadly weapon. It just depends on if it’s being used as a weapon of some kind to harm somebody with.”


The Denison Police lieutenant said no arrests were made and the case would be passed along to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of any charges. Eppler encouraged those engaged in any type of argument to not turn the conflict physical.


“Certainly you don’t want to use any kind of violence,” Eppler said. “If people are arguing and can’t get along, they just need to separate until things cool down.”