LCSO Arrests Militia Member in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, February 14, 2011 - On Valentine’s day afternoon at approximately 3:45 a female caller dialed 9-1-1 to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office indicating her husband, whom she identified as Boney, Kevin had fired a shot from a high powered rifle at her as she was attempting to walk into their residence on C.R. 2134 off of F.M. 787 outside of Cleveland, Liberty County.

While Deputies were en route to the scene, the caller stated her children were on an approaching school bus and she was running to try and stop the bus. She also indicated her heavily armed husband was running after her with the rifle and wearing body armor. The bus driver, from Hardin ISD stopped the bus and was able to avoid the gunman. The gunman, seeing the many witness’ to this incident turned and ran back to his residence, leaving the victim, school bus driver and several children on the school bus un-harmed.

Upon arrival, Deputies from the LCSO along with the assistance from local Constables established a perimeter on the roadway and around the suspect’s residence. Deputies quickly removed the school bus driver and other civilians from the immediate area, under guard of heavily armed LCSO Deputies. As this was being conducted, Captain Evans with the LCSO attempted to negotiate a surrender with the suspect through a P.A. system from one of the patrol cars, closest to the suspect residence.

Mr. Boney exited a door from his residence armed with multiple firearms, including two semi-automatic rifles, one with a drum of ammunition affixed to the weapon. Mr. Boney was also wearing a ballistic helmet, body armor and numerous extra rounds of ammunition for different weapons systems. Captain Evans continued to speak to Mr. Boney through his P.A. system, however, Mr. Boney refused to stop or comply with any orders. With the possibility of additional civilians behind Mr. Boneys position, Deputies did not open fire on Mr. Boney. Mr. Boney took up a defensive position, well within range of said weapon systems he (Boney) was in possession of and pointed one of the rifles at Captain Evans, Sgt. Bortz and Sgt. Koen all of the LCSO. The situation remained at this stage for over an hour, with Captain Evans, Sgt. Bortz and Sgt. Koen pinned into remaining behind the cover of the patrol cars. Captain Evans continued to negotiate throughout the entire time over the P.A. system with Mr. Boney.

After approximately one hour the suspect raised up from his position and placed his ballistic equipment and firearms to the ground and walked to his driveway from the adjoining pasture where he had taken cover. Captain Evans, Sgt. Bortz, Sgt. Koen and additional Deputies approached Mr. Boney and placed him into custody. As he was placed into handcuffs, Mr. Boney yelled repeatedly he is “a Warrant Officer in the Texas Militia and we (Law Enforcement) had no authority over him and he should had F%^&(g killed us!” Mr. Boney became combative with Deputies who had to deploy chemical agents to bring Mr. Boney back under control.

Mr. Boney is a convicted Felon with a lengthy criminal history. He faces numerous felony charges including Aggravated assault-deadly weapon-family member and Aggravated assault –deadly weapon-Peace Officer. Numerous additional weapons were recovered from Mr. Boney’s residence. Mr. Boney was transported to the Liberty County Jail for processing.

 

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