Man pulls gun on officer at high school stadium; charges pending
A man whom Hewitt police arrested after a gun was pulled on an officer who was working security at a Midway ISD football game was jailed Friday morning, facing charges including unlawfully carrying a weapon and public intoxication, according to online records.
He wasn't listed on the McLennan County Jail's online roster Friday evening.
Vincent Sampson, 49, was arrested Thursday night after the incident outside Panther Stadium where Midway High School’s freshman A team beat Shoemaker High School 55-6.
The officer was working security at around 6:25 p.m. Thursday at one of the stadium gates when he spotted a man fan coming into the area of the stadium with an openly carried handgun in the front of his shorts, a news release from Hewitt police Chief James Devlin said.
The officer approached the man and told him he could not take the firearm inside the stadium.
Licensed handgun holders may be prohibited from carrying weapons into venues that host high school sporting events, and the officer told the man he needed to take the weapon back to his vehicle and store it.
The man asked for a further explanation of the law as the officer escorted him into the parking lot and the officer reiterated that handguns are banned from high school events.
Then, a news release from Hewitt police says: “The subject became verbally agitated, reached down grabbing the weapon, and aggressively pulled the weapon out from the waistband of his shorts, keeping the weapon pointed toward the ground.”
The officer then pulled his weapon and held the man at gunpoint until other officers arrived.
The officer ordered the man to drop his weapon and lie on the ground, but he refused.
After repeated commands, the subject complied and followed the officer’s orders, Devlin said.
“The officer held the subject at gunpoint, inside the fenced in area of the stadium until backup units arrived and placed the subject under arrest,” the release said.
“The suspect was afforded ample opportunity by the officer to comply with the statutes regulating the license to carry a firearm at this particular location,” Devlin said.
The man “failed to heed those warnings and chose to escalate the situation through his actions,” Devlin said.
No one was injured in the incident.