Armed Standoff Ends At Central Texas Church

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

CENTER CITY (September 23, 2013)--An armed standoff at a rural church in Mills County ended without injury a short time after it started Monday.

Mills County Sheriff's deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers were sent just after 12:30 p.m. Monday to the Baptist church in Center City after reports that a man was barricaded inside and was holding deputies at bay.

A Department of Public Safety dispatcher said one of her patrol units advised her he was en route to the church to assist deputies, but before the trooper got there the standoff was over and the barricaded man was in custody.

Mills County Deputy Investigator Chris Green said the man, who has a history of mental issues, showed up at the church Monday morning and was discovered by a cleaning woman.

The woman fled and notified deputies.

The man left a note that referred vaguely to weapons and when a deputy arrived to assess the situation, the man closed the blinds at the church and refused to come out, Green said.

Green said more deputies and DPS troopers arrived and surrounded the building, but after some negotiation, the man surrendered without further incident.

The man, whose name wasn't released, was being evaluated by mental health professionals Monday afternoon, Green said.

Center City is a small community about 10 miles east of Goldthwaite.

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