Emergency officials responded to a chaotic scene in Southmayd Tuesday afternoon which ended with three naked neighbors detained and hospitalized, one assaulted police chief, a burning house with potentially hazardous materials inside and the evacuation of nearby residents.
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sarah Bigham said county dispatchers were contacted some time after 2 p.m. Tuesday by residents on Christi Lane who expressed concern for the welfare of an adult male and female, as well as a female juvenile who were behaving erratically and walking away from the burning home in which they lived. Bigham would not confirm that the three were naked, but multiple neighbors attested to their lack of clothing. Neighbors said the three discussed the “wrath of God” and the “end times” before walking to nearby State Highway 56.
“They were not acting as a normal person would act,” Bigham said.
Southmayd Police Chief Chad McKee located the three individuals near Southmayd Road and Bigham said at least one of the three individuals assaulted McKee when he confronted them. Bigham said GCSO deputies responded to the scene as well and were able to detain the three individuals. Bigham said she could not provide additional details about the alleged assault against McKee, but that he was not seriously injured and would visit the hospital for an examination.
Fire agencies from Sadler, Southmayd and Van Alstyne responded to the Christi Lane home to combat the flames. Bigham said all residents living on the street were evacuated after crews learned potentially-dangerous materials may have been inside, but said she could not provide more information about the items.
“There is some concern for items that may be in or around the structure,” Bigham said. “The area around that structure has been evacuated.”
Bigham said the three individuals were transported to local hospitals for treatment, but had not been arrested. Their respective conditions weren’t immediately clear. When asked whether any of the three were under the influence of drugs or intoxicating substances, Bigham said, “I cannot confirm or deny that.”
The incident remains under investigation by the Southmayd Police Department. Southmayd is west of Sherman near the Texas-Oklahoma border.