An internal investigation by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) found no evidence of inappropriate action by HCSO deputies in a June 22 episode during which deputies wrestled a father and son to the ground in Woodcreek.
The two men — 80-year-old Robert Threadgill and his son Stephen — were transported to a local hospital after complaining of injuries. The HCSO said the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Deputies charged Robert Threadgill, 80, with disorderly conduct by profane and abusive language and resisting arrest. Threadgill surrendered on that warrant Wednesday. He was released on personal bond, which was set at $3,000. Stephen Threadgill was charged with disorderly conduct by profane and abusive language.
As of Wednesday, no complaints of inappropriate behavior against deputies in the incident had been filed by either Threadgill.
The HCSO Criminal Investigations Division and Sheriff Tommy Ratliff have reviewed the incident. Ratliff has asked the Texas Rangers to review the incident.
At about 6:40 p.m. on June 22, the HCSO received a call of a verbal disturbance on Marina Circle in the Woodcreek Subdivision. The complainant advised deputies that Robert Threadgill had used profane language and cursed at him, adding that the problem was ongoing.
As deputies interviewed the complainant, Threadgill approached. The HCSO said the deputies met with Threadgill, who continued the profane language, appearing to be “very agitated.” At one point, according to the HCSO, Threadgill postured as if he were going to strike the deputies.
The HCSO said Threadgill resisted when deputies attempted to handcuff him, but he eventually was handcuffed after being taken to the ground. As Stephen Threadgill approached, deputies and the elder Threadgill told him to return the the residence. However, according to deputies, the younger Threadgill ignored both requests and approached the deputies using profane language and seeming to be very agitated.
Deputies said they then took the younger Threadgill to the ground and handcuffed him because he would not heed their directions and attempted to interfere with them.
As both Threadgills complained that they were injured, EMS was requested and both were transported to a local hospital.