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BELLS — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said an armed suspect surrendered peacefully to nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies outside Bells Tuesday after officers mounted a search for the man in response to threats he made involving himself and police.
GCSO Capt. Sarah Bigham said officers were dispatched to a wooded area near the intersection of Lovers Lane and Pettit Parkway at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a vehicle, which was reportedly taken in Sherman earlier in the day, was found parked in a field. Bigahm said officers were notified that the man who allegedly drove the vehicle to the location was armed with multiple weapons and had made threats of violence.
“The concern was that the person who had taken the vehicle had made threats that he wanted to harm himself or have law enforcement harm him,” Bigham said.
Due to the size of the wooded area where officials believed the man to be hiding, Bigham said, officers from multiple agencies responded, including the GCSO, Sherman Police Department, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Bells Police Department, Tom Bean Police Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Whitewright Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Ector Police Department. Bigham said the man was located in a creek bed by multiple K-9 units and a team of horseback officers after two hours of searching.
Bigham declined to identify the man, but said she understood that he had a shotgun and handgun in his possession when he surrendered. The GCSO captain said officers did receive reports of the man wearing body armor, but she said she investigators had not yet determined what equipment, if any, the man had. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. The suspect was arrested by Sherman Police on multiple charges, but SPD Lt. D.M. Hampton said he could only immediately identify one charge: the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
“The solution for the problem was able to be solved with little interaction between the suspect and law enforcement,” Bigham said. “He was able to give himself up.”
Bigham said suspects who seek to engage officers for the purposes of self harm are one of many professional risks all law enforcement officers must live with, but added that she was pleased with the peaceful outcome of Tuesday’s search and arrest.
“We hate those situations,” Bigham said. “We try to prevent them as much as we can.”