The Kilgore Police Department handled the hostile situation perfectly
It’s always easy to point out that people are doing something wrong, and getting it right when you’re in a position of power, like law enforcement, is especially important. But I also feel like if we’re going to point out those who are doing the wrong thing, it’s also important to highlight those who are doing the right thing. There was a specific article online regarding the Kilgore Police Department doing everything they could to best handle a situation that was getting out of hand.
The comment was made by a mother who was with her daughter filling her gas tank at Clayton’s Git-N-Go station near the circle. There were two officers who already had an old man handcuffed which was difficult. He was screaming, causing a scene, and the KPD officers responded perfectly.
Handcuffed old man scared citizens near gas station
The mother who reported the incident on the Heads Up Kilgore Facebook group mentioned that her daughter and others close to the incident were becoming anxious and uncomfortable. The man then threw himself on the ground causing even more commotion. But the police remained calm, talked to the man, and made him stop screaming.
Kilgore officers then removed the old man’s handcuffs
After the old man calmed down, the handcuffs were removed and the police helped him up and gave him a bottle of water. The police could have arrested the man for shouting and making the situation worse, but they remained calm and resolved the issue without anyone being taken into custody. They also showed all the kids at the gas station that our local agents are always trying to help, not just to stop people and take them to jail. While I’m not sure exactly how the interaction ended, it’s so nice to see a positive post online regarding the KPD.
Thank you to the agents at Kilgore and all the law enforcement agencies in East Texas who work daily to keep our communities safe. Here is the exact post that was made online: