16:20 GMT +3 hours27 August 2016
Live
Not Oregon: Another Armed Standoff You’ve Probably Never Heard of Ends in Texas

15-Year-Long Armed Standoff You’ve Probably Never Heard of Ends in Texas

© YouTube
US
Get short URL
53816181

Move over Oregon. A long-term standoff in Henderson County, Texas, ended peacefully on Wednesday, a year after charges were dropped against a man for assaulting a police officer.

John Joe Gray was holed up on his 47-acre ranch for a decade and a half after being arrested in 1999 for assaulting a state trooper who had found him to be carrying a pistol without a permit. Gray had insisted that it was his God-given right to carry the weapon, and bit the officer.

Following the assault, Gray refused to go to court, and told law enforcement that if they tried to take him by force that they better “bring extra body bags. Those who live by the sword will die,” Gray told ABC News in 2000.

Officers were never sent in to retrieve Gray, as the sheriff feared for his officers’ lives should they attempt it. Gray and his children and grandchildren regularly did armed patrols of the property. It is believed to be the longest armed standoff in American history.

“It wasn’t worth it,” Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt told local station WFAA. “Joe Gray has been in prison out there himself, in my opinion, for 14 years.”

Neither the sheriff’s office, nor Gray, were notified when charges against him were dropped in December 2014, until this week. When they learned of it, the standoff concluded.

“Yeah. It takes pressure off people. And it may take pressure off them,” the sheriff said. “There’s always been the potential for something bad happening.”

During the standoff, Gray decorated his property with paranoid anti-government signs such as, “vaccines equal annihilation.”

Sheriff Nutt told the station that the situation in his town is far different from the situation that is currently underway in Oregon, however.

"Those folks have occupied a public building. Joe Gray is on 47-acres that he owns out there," the sheriff stated.

Gray is now free to leave his home for the first time this century.

Related:
Oregon Republicans Express Support for Militia's Actions
Oregon Militia Protest Result of Gov't Mistreating People - Farmers' Group
‘Urgent’: Oath Keepers Warn Oregon Militants to Evacuate Women and Kids
Cold and Hoping for Snacks: Officials Plan Power Cut to End Oregon Standoff
Oregon Ranchers at Heart of Armed Takeover Report to Prison
Tags:
Armed Standoff, John Joe Gray, Sheriff Ray Nutt, Henderson County, Texas
Community standardsDiscussion
Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
  • Сomment

All comments

  • jas
    I was reading about him on the internet. It's very strange how mad people get at him because they are so stuck on punishing nonconformists. The sheriff made a good decision. And if you read about the traffic stop that started it, it was anti-government signs in the back that caught the cop's attention, NOT a concealed gun. It was a hassle stop. Some cop with an attitude decide he was going to harass the local anti-establishment guy.
  • 708bba9d
    During the standoff, Gray decorated his property with paranoid anti-government signs such as, “vaccines equal annihilation.”

    "Read more: sputniknews.com/us/20160109/1032859880/15-year-standoff-ends-texas.html#ixzz3wjpCi8EE"

    Exactly what is paranoid about stating the truth. Sputnik aught to be ashamed of themselves for allowing un-sound and biased editorials on its pages
  • wconell
    A wise Sheriff indeed.
    The man was clearly within his right to carry without permission.
Show new comments (0)
Top stories