Mental evaluation follows two-hour ‘standoff’ Friday


A 64-year-old Rockdale-area man was taken to Scott & White Hospital for a mental evaluation, following a two-hour standoff behind a closed door Friday afternoon.

Elmer Weller surrendered to Sheriff David Greens without incident, according to Chief Deputy Chris White.

White said the sheriff and three deputies were called to Weller’s residence in the 3000 block of South US 77 at 12:15 p.m. for a “shots fired” report.

“ The report was that a man had discharged a gun outside and then locked himself inside his bathroom closet,” White said. “The subject demanded he be left alone and refused to come out of the bathroom.”

Greene, deputies and State Trooper David Yarbrough secured the area and attempted to negotiate. “After about two hours the subject began to talk to the sheriff through the door and surrendered shortly thereafter,” White said.

CALLS—Sheriff David Greene listed other calls during the past week as follows:

March 13—Criminal trespass notice, CR 232 Loop, Minerva area; fraud/scam, County Road 227; suspicious activity, US 77, Minerva area; request to speak to deput y, Third Street, Ben Arnold; mail tampering, Westerman Street, Thorndale; criminal trespass notice, CR 232 Loop, Cameron area; vehicle in ditch, FM 486 north of Thorndale; welfare concern, FM 1600; suspicious vehicle, CR 342; medical call, FM 2269; welfare concern, CR 232 Loop.

March 14—Animal nuisance, CR 342; road hazard, US 79; civil matter, College Lane, Davilla; alarm detected, FM 908; suspicious person/vehicle, Ben Milam Road, Cameron area; complaint, Jesse Street, Rockdale area; information, West Seventh, Cameron; verbal threats, FM 487, Rockdale area; phone harassment, CR 443, Thorndale area; abandoned vehicle, CR 307, Rockdale area; suspicious person/vehicle, Northwood Drive; terroristic threat, CR 431, Thorndale area; possible burglary, Roepke Street, Thorndale; suspicious person, US 77, Rockdale area; disturbance, town not listed; information, CR 322; burglary, CR 330; information, Third Street, Ben Arnold.

Thursday—Suspicious activity, Marak church; information, US 77, south of Minerva; suspicious activity, US 77; phone harassment, CR 2238, Cameron area; runaway, Third Street, Burlington; phone harassment, CR 431; wanted person, South Texas Street, Milano; information, FM 437, Buckholts; possible phone scam, CR 229; threat, bodily harm, Sixth Street, Buckholts; information, Third Street, Rockdale; shots heard, Capital Lane, Davilla; four wheelers, FM 1444, Ben Arnold area; information, Rockdale; medical call, FM 437, Davilla.

Friday—Civil child custody, US 79, Rockdale area; information, US 77, Rockdale area.

Saturday—Information, FM 1600; vehicle in ditch, CR 440, Thorndale area; medical call, FM 1915, north of Yarrelton; information, CR 342, Milano area; welfare check, US 77; Rockdale area; vehicle vandalism, CR 342, Milano area; four-wheelers, CR 328, Milano area; animal neglect, Inwood Drive, Rockdale area; information, city not listed.

Su nd ay— Shot s he a rd, CR 458A; information, Keller Street, Ben Arnold; mailbox vandalism, CR 458A, Thorndale area; civil matter standby, West Bell, Rockdale; suspicious vehicle, Texas 36, south of Milano; break-in, CR 355 Loop, Gause; civil child custody, Davilla area; reckless driving, College Lane, Davilla; four-wheelers, CR 218, Cameron area; overdose, Oak Lawn, Rockdale area.

Monday—Information, Cameron area; medical call, Elm Street, Buckholts; alarm detected, Rockdale area; civil matter, town not listed; medical call, CR 429, Rockdale area; request to speak to deput y, Ben Milam Road, Cameron area; request to speak to deputy, CR 307; verbal disturbance, Wood Street, Minerva; civil child custody, Gause area; protective order, Ben Arnold area; suspicious male, CR 241, Griffin Chapel area; traffic stop arrest, FM 1444, Ben Arnold area; suspicious activity, CR 412, Sharp area.

The department also answered 12 calls to livestock on Milam County roadways.

CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.

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