Standoff in Daisetta ends with man’s arrest

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) was called to assist in the arrest of a Daisetta man Tuesday. Pictured are Capt. Billy Knox and Liberty County Pct. 5 Deputy Constable Brian Bortz discussing a plan for the SRT to remove the man safely from his travel trailer home.

By Vanesa Brashier,

A 37-year-old Daisetta man caused a bit of a disturbance Tuesday afternoon, barricading himself in his travel trailer when police attempted to arrest him on drug charges, authorities say.

Gonzalez, Ruben Hayes

The incident took place around 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Kansas St. in Daisetta at the home of Ruben Hayes Gonzalez. Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish and Officer Bonnie McLaughlin had gone to Gonzales’ home to arrest him on drug charges related to an investigation that began three months ago.

“We went to this location about three months ago at 104 Kansas St. We arrested Mr. Gonzalez on a charge of unlawful restraint of a female who was at the home,” said Parrish. “During that situation, we found items that we thought were drugs. We sent them to a lab and it was confirmed to be illegal drugs, so we went back today to serve the warrants for his arrest.”

Parrish said when he and McLaughlin made entry into the travel trailer, Gonzalez was acting strangely and unusually combative.

“He kept jerking his left hand up like he had a gun. We were in really close quarters and couldn’t tell if he was armed, so we backed out and called for SWAT,” Parrish said.

The Special Response Team for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrived and began trying to coax the man out of the house, talking to him over a public address system. When those efforts failed to get Gonzalez outside of his home, they reportedly fired gas canisters into the travel trailer, stormed their way in and took him into custody.

“He fought with our guys all the way to the patrol car,” said LCSO Capt. Billy Knox. “He swung at two of our deputies, so we will be talking to the district attorney about charges.”

The standoff lasted roughly an hour before it was brought to a conclusion.

Gonzalez is in the Liberty County Jail. Currently he is charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, but other charges are expected to be filed, according to Chief Parrish.

During the incident, McLaughlin fell and had to be taken to a local emergency room due to an injury to her knee.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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