A standoff ended Sunday night with the arrest of a Houston man on charges he held two women hostage and fired a shot at officers.
The Texas County Sheriff’s Department said it received an 8:10 p.m. call from a woman who said her boyfriend was drunk and threatening to shoot people just north of Houston. When deputies arrived, they found two women had been held against their will and assaulted by the man. One of the victims managed to flee the home through the back door while the other remained.
The man, George T. Wilcox, 58, brandished a handgun and told the remaining victim he would shoot anyone who attempted to apprehend him, authorities said.
As deputies and officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol formed a perimeter around the house, Wilcox exited the house and fired a shot at them before stepping inside, authorities said.
For about 90 minutes, officers were unable to make contact with Wilcox. Authorities said at one point Wilcox left the house, got into a truck and attempted to leave, but deputies blocked the roadway. As he backed his truck near the house, a deputy deployed a Taser against Wilcox, and he was arrested.
Wilcox, who was free on bond stemming from a May 28 arrested for sale and possession of a controlled substance, is charged with two counts of assault and assault of a law enforcement officer. Bond is set at $100,000.