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More charges could be filed after game warden held at gun point

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

More charges could be coming in the case of an East Texas county commissioner who allegedly held a state game warden at gun point.

On Saturday, Upshur County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lloyd Allen Crabtree and his son, Todd Allen Crabtree, were booked into the Upshur County Jail on aggravated assault against a public servant charges. They bonded out of jail on Sunday. The Upshur County District Attorney said more arrests could possibly be made in the case.

On a property near Big Sandy, multiple law enforcement agencies were called to the scene where State Game Warden Shane Bailey had been disarmed and held at gun point.

"There were several threats made during the time he was disarmed," said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Byrd said the game warden was in uniform and driving a marked vehicle. He said there was no question as to who the game warden was or what he was doing on the property

"In this particular case, any hunting violations that this game warden was looking for, he had the absolute right [to be there]. Based on what the investigation has shown thus far, he did absolutely nothing wrong on October 6," said Byrd.

Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his son were jailed on aggravated assault against a public servant charges. They both bonded out of jail 14 hours later. Crabtree was not in his office Monday afternoon to tell his side of the story.

"Any time a peace officer in the State of Texas is threatened, their life is threatened, if they're disarmed... that is a very serious crime. I don't care who it is that commits that against a peace officer," said Byrd.

Byrd said the incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers with assistance from the game warden's office. He said if that investigation shows more charges are warranted, then they will be brought forward.

"In this particular case, this was very serious. Multiple people could have been shot or killed that evening, and we're very fortunate that it ended the way it did. This is a very serious crime and we are treating it as such," said Byrd.

Saturday, a family member said the Crabtrees were just protecting their home. However, authorities said game wardens have the right to search private property, without warrant, if they believe hunting or fishing is occurring there.


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