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Police identify suspect involved in standoff over elderly father

Bruce McMeans (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Bruce McMeans (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
The house where the standoff took place. (Source: KSLA staff) The house where the standoff took place. (Source: KSLA staff)
HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Police responded to a 911 call Saturday evening that lead to a standoff and the suspect being shot.

Harrison County 911 dispatchers received a call from Bruce McMeans around 8:00 p.m. Saturday requesting an ambulance for his father. According to Harrison County deputies, the caller sounded angry and stated that he did not want to see any deputies come to the residence, saying that if any deputies responded he would shoot and kill them. He further stated that deputies would kill him, anyway, when they saw what had been done to his father. Within the few minutes of this call, a call came from a neighbor stating he had heard two shots from the general direction of the McMeans' residence, on Farm to Market 31 in Elysian Fields.

Deputies say they responded to the Crossroads Fire Station, along with Harrison County crisis negotiators. Negotiators had two short telephone calls with the suspect. The suspect told them he had recently moved in with his father, an Alzheimer’s patient. McMeans continued to say that he would shoot deputies and end the problem with his father during these calls. McMeans then ended the calls.

Deputies attempted to get a better view of the home, but they say that location and terrain of the property stopped them. Sheriff McCool and Captain Marty Latham then asked for assistance from Longview police and the Department of Public Safety. Longview police's armored vehicle would allow safe access to the property and DPS could provide infrared assistance with their helicopter unit if the suspect fled from the residence into the surrounding woods.

Upon arrival of the Longview Emergency Response Team, warrants were obtained for entry to the residence from Harrison County District Attorney’s Office. According to police, numerous attempts were made to known telephone numbers at the residence by Harrison County deputies and the Longview ERT negotiators, but no further communication was made to either the suspect or his father.

Police say that the Longview ERT armored vehicle approached the property at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The suspect was found standing in a dark, covered position, holding a rifle. He was ordered to drop the weapon but did not comply. Deputies say he then turned the weapon toward the approaching officers and prompting them to shoot McMeans in the lower left hip. He then dropped the rifle, and was taken into custody. His injury is not life threatening and he was transferred to Good Shepherd-Longview, for treatment.

Police found the father naked, lying on the floor, in a doorway. EMS checked the father and did not find any gunshot wounds, but he was disoriented. Another family member came to the residence to care for the father.

Sheriff McCool says no law enforcement or EMS personnel were injured. He stated he is very appreciative of the mutual agencies that assisted Harrison County and this demonstrates the partnering of area agencies during a crisis situation.

Bruce McMeans is being held in Harrison County on a $250,000 bond for the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant and a charge of injury to an elderly person. His father, Don McMeans, has been released from the hospital.

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