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April 8th, 2010
Man arrested after six-hour standoff


The Hays County SWAT team used tear gas after a six-hour standoff to flush out a man accused of shooting a gun at two friends outside his Green Pastures home Monday, say officials with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials arrested Jimmy Hallford, 45, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

Investigators say the two victims had just left Hallford’s home in the 500 block of Cresthill Causeway at about 10 p.m. Monday night when Hallford stepped out of the residence, yelled at them and fired a gun in their direction, not hitting them. Investigators did not say what triggered the conflict.

Deputies made contact with Hallford using the speaker system on their patrol car, investigators say. Hallford stood on the front porch but refused to talk with the deputies. He then walked back into his home and returned with a shotgun, but never pointed it directly at the deputies.

After Hallford went back inside his home, deputies called in the Hays County SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations Team. At about 4 a.m., the SWAT team deployed tear gas and Hallford surrendered, officials said.

Hallford remains in the Hays County Jail, with bond set at $40,000. He had several previous charges with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, including three charges of failure to appear, numerous counts of driving with a suspended or expired license, and failure to get a permit for an on-site septic facility.

Jen Biundo is managing editor of the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the Mercury.

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