Southmayd Police have released the names of two adults who were arrested after they and their teenage daughter all walked away naked from their burning home on Christi Lane Tuesday afternoon and then allegedly assaulted two officers.
Southmayd Police Chief Chad McKee said Michael James Ouellette, 48, and Shannon Lee Ouellette, 43, were arrested for felony assault on a peace officer, felony child endangerment and resisting arrest. McKee said he and other officers were dispatched to the family’s residence Tuesday sometime after 2 p.m. upon receiving reports from neighbors that the Ouellette’s home was on fire. Neighbors said the parents and their 13-year-old daughter left without wearing any clothes and told them it was the “wrath of God and the “end times,” before walking to nearby Highway 56.
“I can definitely tell you they didn’t act like ordinary people do,” McKee said.
The police chief said he attempted to make contact with the family along the highway, but the father attacked him.
“I was charged at by the male and that’s when I was struck,” McKee said. “Due to the adult female also coming over, to try to intervene while I was in the scuffle with the man, that’s when I backed off. We let them walk off and followed as we waited for backup.”
McKee said the mother, father and daughter walked through several fields before officers attempted to restrain them. However, McKee said the mother bit another officer on the hand and the father was largely able to resist officers’ attempts to disable him.
“We ended up tazing the male several times with very little effect,” McKee said. “He just continued on.”
McKee said all three were eventually forcibly restrained and taken into custody. The mother and father were taken to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center for evaluation before they were booked into the Grayson County Jail. The girl was air lifted to Children’s Medical Center Plano, where McKee said she remained Wednesday morning. Her condition wasn’t immediately clear. McKee said investigators were still working to determine whether drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the incident and Southmayd Police were working with the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Grayson County Crisis Center to determine who would assume custody of the child.
Multiple fire agencies responded to the home on Christi Lane, where flames burnt a detached carport and an exterior section of the home itself. McKee said crews were alerted to combustible materials near the fire, but contacted the Plano Police Department Bomb Squad after discovering bags with wires in and around them. McKee said all residents living on the street were evacuated for three hours, while the bomb squad took X-rays of the items and determined that they posed no threat. McKee added that the bags were not intentionally made to look like explosive devices, but investigators still needed to inspect more of the house.
“We’re working on a search warrant for the house,” McKee said. “Fire investigators will go in and do some arson review on the case.”
Shannon and Michael Ouellette both remained in the Grayson County Jail on Wednesday on $29,000 bonds each. It was unclear whether either had obtained an attorney to provide them legal representation.
McKee thanked the numerous law enforcement, fire and medical agencies which responded to the incident.
“I was glad they were there, because we sure needed needed their help,” McKee said. “It was definitely out of the ordinary.”