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Man shot by Gladewater police arrested upon hospital release

By Staff Reports
Feb. 2, 2018 at 10:06 a.m.

David Allen Neill (Gregg County Jail photo)

A man shot by Gladewater police last month remained in jail Friday on two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested David Allen Neill, 24, of Gladewater upon his release from the hospital Thursday. Neill was hospitalized on Jan. 19, following the shooting.

Police bodycam footage shows Neill carrying a rifle and approaching officers who were responding to a reported domestic disturbance on the property. Neill did not drop his firearm, despite officers' repeated warnings. Officers fired three times and called an ambulance to take Neill to the hospital.

In a press release, Police Chief Robert Vine said Neill was the "primary catalyst" of the incident.

"Even after repeated orders by the officers to put the weapon down, Neill continued to pose an imminent threat to the officers by not complying," Vine wrote. "When Neill pointed the rifle in the direction of the officer, they responded in an appropriate manner to effectively stop the threat."

Aggravated assault against a public servant is a first-degree felony. Bond had not been set.



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