Bonham Police said an armed man wanted in connection with a recent shooting turned his gun on himself in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, ending an hours-long standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies.
Chief Mike Bankston said Bonham Police were investigating and preparing to arrest Robin Rainey Waldrop, 47, after he was identified as the lone suspect in a shooting which occurred last week. Bankston said during his department’s investigation, Waldrop was found to have an active felony arrest warrant out of Grayson County, which Bonham Police sought to execute late Wednesday afternoon at home in the 1200 block of 5th Street.
“We went to execute that warrant, and when we did he came out brandishing a pistol,” Bankston said. “He said he wasn’t going back to the penitentiary and, so, we ended up in a standoff that lasted almost five hours.”
Bankston said Waldrop was thought to be homeless and had likely been moving from residence to residence before landing at the 5th Street home. After officers located Waldrop and arrived to arrest him at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, Bankston said, the female homeowner, whom he described as an acquaintance, complied with officials’ order and immediately exited the residence. No one else was involved in the incident.
Tactical teams from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman Police Department were called in for assistance and authorities began several hours of negotiation efforts. It was unclear whether negotiators made contact with Waldrop during the standoff, but Bakston said response teams decided to enter the home shortly after hearing gunfire.
“We negotiated with him over four hours and somewhere during those negotiations we heard a single gunshot,” Bankston said. “When we did make entry, we found that he had shot himself.”
No other injuries were reported. Bankston he had expected to arrest Waldrop in the coming days on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm for his suspected role in last week’s shooting.
“We just got information that he had fired shots at some people in a vehicle,” Bankston said. “He had sold them some speakers or something and they had given him a counterfeit bill, so he had gone looking for them.”
The standoff and previous shooting remain under investigation. Waldrop would have turned 48 years old on Friday.