Man arrested for allegedly stabbing family member with a machete

By: Victoria Maranan
By: Victoria Maranan

DENISON, TX -- An early morning assault inside a Denison home led to a lengthy standoff with police after a man allegedly stabbed a family member with a machete.

Glenn Coker woke up Wednesday morning to sirens and police cars in front of his Denison home.

"When I got up, and I looked outside and saw deputy sheriffs out here and they were in the neighbor's yard with their guns drawn ready to do business or whatever. I didn't know what was going on, it's a standoff of some sort. I could hear him talking to the fella inside the house," he said.

Grayson County Sheriff's Deputies and Denison police rushed to a home in the 1100 block of East Texas Street around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Lt. Rickey Wheeler said 22-year-old Devan Gadek allegedly stabbed a male relative in the head and arm with a machete.

"Right now we're attributing it to him being off his medication, not taking it like he should according to the family members. It's what they're telling us," he said.

But, it was far from over.

After the assault, the suspect barricaded himself inside this house for several hours, refusing to come out. That's why deputies sent in a team to try to arrest him, but it wasn't an easy feat.

"Once they went in, they were confronted in the staircase. The German Shepherd was at the bottom of the stairs, at which time he was sprayed, he went back upstairs. The suspect then appeared on top of the staircase with a knife in his hand," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said deputies tried to negotiate with Gadek, but he wouldn't cooperate, so they tased and arrested him.

Officers searching the home found more than they bargained for.

"While we were inside the house, we did find in the basement a large marijuana plant that was growing down there. So they're probably gonna be checking the house for narcotics as they go through," Wheeler said.

Gadek was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim has been treated and released from TMC.

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