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HOUSTON CO., August 13, 2014— On August 12, several law enforcement agencies gather to execute 3 felony warrants on Ross Richardson, age 77, of Latexo, Texas. Agencies included Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Crockett P.D., Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SWAT team, local DPS troopers, Grapeland Fire and EMS, ETMC EMS, and Texas Rangers.
Richardson recently lost his appeal to a 2013 conviction of Assault on a Public Servant with a five year TDCJ sentence. The conviction was from an incident where Richardson pointed a loaded pistol at law enforcement officials.
While out on appeal, this past week, Richardson allegedly retaliated and assaulted a public servant in a local church. Crockett Police Department investigated the report and warrants were issued for Richardson’s arrest.
During the investigative process, law enforcement officials were informed by numerous family members and citizens that Richardson had said he had nothing else to live for and would go out in a gun battle and would not be taken alive.
Due to the information received and the original charge of weapons and assault violations, law enforcement called on all available resources to ensure the safety of officers, local citizens in the area as well as Richardson and his family.
A plan was devised and implemented that resulted in the safe apprehension of Richardson at his home without injury to anyone and without further incident. He was taken to Houston County Jail where he was booked in on the following charges: Assault of a Public Servant, a 2nd degree felony, Retaliation, a 3rd degree felony and Injury to Child/Elderly or Disabled Person, a 2nd degree felony. Each charge has a bond amount of $700,000 each.
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