Sherman Police have opened an assault investigation after a man reportedly swung a hammer at someone who suggested a safer way for him to jump start his vehicle.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said the reported incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Passport oil and gas station, located in the 2000 block of West Taylor Street. Mullen said the victim told police that he was exiting the business when he observed several men attempting to jump start the battery on a vehicle near a gas pump.


“The victim told the suspects he believed that was not a safe thing to do and a brief argument ensued,” Mullen said. “A suspect then, reportedly, approached the victim with a hammer he retrieved from the vehicle and began swinging it toward him.”


Mullen said the victim backed away from the suspect and was not struck or injured. The suspects, described as Hispanic males, then reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle.


The case remains under investigation. Mullen said, if identified, the suspects could face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Sherman Police sergeant said investigators would review leads and any available surveillance footage.


“If you’re out in public and an argument ensues, just be aware that people can do illogical things and unreasonable things,” Mullen said. “You don’t know what some people are capable of.”