Game warden’s patrol became ‘very bad’ before commissioner, son arrested
Longview,TX — A Texas game warden was conducting a routine patrol of Sabine River bottoms on an all-terrain vehicle Saturday when he was held at gunpoint by an Uphsur County commissioner and his son, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Capt. Quint Balkom on Monday.
Upshur County Pct. 3 Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree, 51, and his son, Todd, 28, were taken into custody and booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant after officers from surrounding law enforcement agencies responded to a call for help from game warden Shane Bailey — who called 911 after he had been disarmed at gunpoint by the two men, Balkom said. He declined to comment on the types of firearms used by the Crabtrees.
“He (Bailey) was put into a very bad position by the Crabtrees,” Balkom said. “It is accurate the lives of several law enforcement officers were threatened with firearms during the incident.”
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