“While a bunch of aggrieved men in camo gear continue to sulk in a bird sanctuary in Oregon, the longest-running standoff in American history has quietly come to an end in Texas. John Joe Gray has been holed up on his ranch for 15 years after assaulting a state trooper and then refusing to return to court. Someone finally notified Gray that the charges against him were dismissed more than a year ago.
As WFAA reports, Gray was arrested in 1999 for biting a state trooper during a traffic stop and getting into a “scuffle” with him. He was charged with assaulting a public servant, and, rather than make his court date, he barricaded himself at his ranch in Henderson County, near the town of Trinidad, and threatened to kill any sheriff’s deputies who might come to fetch him. From WFAA:
“If they come out after us, bring extra body bags. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword,” Gray told ABC News in a 2000 interview.
Since the felony charge in 1999, Gray has never left his 47-acres along the banks of the Trinity River between Tool and Trinidad, Texas.
Instead, Gray, his children, grandchildren, and friends patrol their property with pistols and rifles and refuse to let strangers inside.
National Geographic said it took a crew two years to earn the family’s trust recently.
“We’ve never shot no one yet,” Gray told Nat Geo. “But they know, if they come on us, they’ll be surprised what’s going to happen to them.”
The family hung a number of signs on their fences: “Disobedience to tyranny is obedience to God!”
The above article left this out
“John Joe Gray was arrested in 1999 for assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop. Gray said it was his God-given right to carry the pistol he had that day, without a concealed handgun license. When the trooper tried to arrest him, Gray admits getting into a scuffle and biting him.”
More to you Mr. Gray!
And I actually have something good to say about a cop for once
I am glad to see that this Sheriff did not see lives being lost worth the price of arresting someone for a bite
Incredible judgement and restraint on his part and the others involved.
“Extra body bags”
I just love that part