Suspect arrested after using BB pistol, prompting active shooter response

NACOGDOCHES - Jeffery Warren Whigham, a 65-year-old Milam man, is now in custody after firing his BB gun and causing an active shooter response around 12 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital at 4920 NE Stallings Dr.

After receiving several calls about a man shooting a pistol in the hospital parking lot, officers responded according to protocol for an active shooter incident.

On their way to the scene, law enforcement was informed by callers that the man was still in the parking lot with the handgun, and he has fired it twice and was shouting.

About four minutes later, first responders arrived on the scene and a perimeter was established around the hospital.

The hospital enacted their emergency plan and a nearby daycare was told to shelter in place.

Northeast Stallings Drive in front of the hospital was closed due to traffic, along with the Stallings Drive exit and entrance to the Wal Mart Parking lot.

After searching through the hospital parking lot, police found Whigham on the west side of the facility. Law enforcement determined that the man had fired a BB pistol that looked like an automatic pistol in the parking lot.

Police got control of the situation and gave called all clear at 12:25 p.m..

An investigation was conducted that revealed that Whigham was at the Medical Center Hospital on medical business and he had his dog with him.

Police also say Whigham's dog was not on a leash, and responds to the firing of the BB pistol. Whigham was using his BB gun to get his dog to obey his commands and was shouting at the dog.

Law enforcement has also confirmed that no one around Whigham was ever in danger. 

Whigham is now in police custody and is charged with Deadly Conduct, a misdemeanor. 

 

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