Standoff suspect had similar prior arrest

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A Sherman man’s standoff with police lasted seven hours on Wednesday night. Now, he’s behind bars at the Grayson County Jail, but there's a twist to the story.

Richard Hunn, 37, was arrested around 5:30 Wednesday morning after a seven-hour standoff with Sherman Police. They finally forced him out of his car using non-lethal rounds, but this isn't the first time he's done this.

What started as a typical suspicious person call turned into a lot more than that for Sherman Police, but its something some of them had seen once before.

Almost exactly to the date, Hunn was arrested after strapping a bomb to himself outside the Sherman police department. He was charged with possession of an explosive device and attempted capital murder. In that case, court records show Hunn told police he wanted to kill himself and members of the police.

The attempted capital murder charges were dropped, but Hunn was found guilty of possession of an explosive device. However, he was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. A doctor stated Hunn suffered from schizophrenia, major depression, and alcohol dependence.

He was sent to a Texas State Hospital in Vernon, Texas, and put on probation for 10 years because of the insanity plea. Court records show when Hunn was told he was going to Vernon, he was very unhappy.

Recently, Sherman police received word Hunn was out of the facility and in Grayson County.

This time, he might face those same charges and more after police found a pipe bomb in his car.

Officials say they received the initial call at 11 p.m. on Wednesday after witnesses saw Hunn slumped over the wheel of his car on northbound U.S. 75 near Fisher Control. When authorities approached the car, he sped off, leading to a high speed chase which ended at the 200 block of East Street near downtown.

At that point, officials say police noticed Hunn had what appeared to be a pipe bomb in his car, and they roped off the area.

After several hours of negotiations, authorities used non-lethal rounds to bring Hunn out of the car, and he was taken to the Grayson County Jail.

While Hunn's motive is not yet known, Lt. Fair says officers did the right thing to subdue the suspect.

From earlier Wednesday....
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SHERMAN, Tex. -- A seven-hour standoff between Sherman Police and a man armed with a pipe bomb came to end around 5:30 Wednesday morning.

According to Sherman Police, they received a call around 10:30 Tuesday night of a suspicious vehicle driving erratically on U.S. 75 late Tuesday and tried to pull him over. Instead, the man sped away.

Sgt. Bruce Dawsey says a brief chase ended when the car spun out on a gravel parking lot.

Upon approach of the vehicle, the driver, 33-year-old Richard Hunn of Sherman, was found slumped over in the front seat of the car. Hunn then took off, and a pursuit ensued.

After a successful perimeter was set up by Sherman Police, Hunn displayed what appeared to be a pipe bomb to authorities near East & Pecan Streets in Sherman. The standoff came to an end there around 5:30 Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department says officers used tear gas seven hours later to flush the man into the open, then fired beanbag rounds at the man to force him to drop the pipe.

Hunn was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons where will be booked into the Grayson County Jail upon his release.

The D/FW Airport Bomb Squad was called to the scene where they were successfully able to detonate the explosive safely after the standoff ended. No one was injured in the contained blast.

This is not the first time Hunn has been arrested. In October 1999, Hunn was arrested for possession of an explosive device and attempted capital murder after he was discovered attempting to detonate an explosive device behind the Sherman Police Department.


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  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Oct 12, 2007 at 05:47 PM
    The real insane ones here are the idiots who allowed this waste of genetic material's insanity plea to stand. Lock this clown up and throw away the key!
  • by Bill Location: Souyhmayd on Oct 11, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    Hay Sheerff,He is out here beehind the Police station with a bomb, and he seez hes going to blow us up! Oh hell Captain, he aint goin to hurt nobody! you no heez krazy,says the Sheerff with a smile as he sits there with his bullet proof vest on.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    If people have shown violent behavior, due to "MENTAL CONDITIONS"......then they should be sent somewhere like a half-way house or something until they can get it straight.......Then they should be held accountable for taking their medications. It's just sick that people do this!!!!!!!!!
  • by FED UP Location: OKLAHOMA on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    I AGREE THESE PEOPLE GET OFF WAY TO EASY. THERE IS A 10 YEAR OLD GIRL AT MY DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL WHO IS NOTHING BUT EVIL. THE PARENTS CLAIM SHE HAS A MENTAL DISORDER. SHE TORMENTS THE OTHER KIDS AT SCHOOL AND GETS AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE "SHE HAS A MENTAL DISORDER" WHATEVER. I AM ALSO TIRED OF PEOPLE USING THIS FOR AN EXCUSE TO GET AWAY WITH ACTS OF VIOLENCE. EVEN IF HE DOES KILL SOMEONE HE WILL PROBABLY ONLY SERVE A COUPLE OF YEARS.
  • by Kingston Oklahoma Mom Location: Kingston Oklahoma on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    The guy in Kingston, Jimmy Joe Kerbo, that sent emails to Kingston Public School and several individuals threatening to kill Kingston High School faculty, several of the students and emplyees where he work - does anyone know what happened to him? NOTHING - absolutley NOTHING. He threatened to kill about 30 people - and NOTHING. No letter of apology - NOTHING for the people he traumatized.
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    Why can't the DA, judges, law officials see that this guy is escalating in violence? Is he going to get to set a new bar in what 'mentally disturbed' people can get away with? karensopinion@gmail.com
  • by ME Location: Denison on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    Murder or attempted murder you roam around free. A drug offense you get life. Something sounds backwards here.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Oct 11, 2007 at 05:54 AM
    The sad truth of the matter is, I worked at a mental health facility for years, you would not believe half the crap these people get a way with because they have a mental illness and they tend to play that card most often when they are in trouble, the most disturbing part is, they know exactly what they are doing when they do it, mentally ill people are not stupid, the law needs to realize that and start punishing them the way they would a non-insane person!!!!! I dont care what professionals say, these people know exactly what they are doing and forget the excuse "they weren't taking their meds" because I dont want to hear it. This is why I choose to get out of this type of field! Not fit to stand trial my butt.....you do the crime......you pay the time!!!! After being in this field for many, many years and seeing what all goes on, my sympathy level is non-existant for this type of situation.
  • by Mark on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:58 PM
    They should have euthanized him when they had the chance.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    Yea he will be right back out on the street and kill someone, they will wait until he kills someone and then put him away for good, you know you have to wait until someone really gets hurt before Sherman really does anything, that is they way it usually goes
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