Law enforcement officers with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) responded to a tense situation last week in the Appleby Community.

According to a media release from the NCSO, deputies and other law enforcement agencies responded around 6:38 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9 to the 100 block of West Conda Muckleroy Street in Nacogdoches County.  This address is located near Appleby Sand Road.  Officers were dispatched in response to an altercation in which an individual had threatened another person with a shotgun. It was eventually determined that the suspect allegedly fired a single shot from the weapon before leaving the scene in a white SUV. No one was injured in the altercation.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with a state trooper and deputies from the Precinct 1 and Precinct 4 Constables' offices arrived to investigate and identified John Paul Deason, 54, as the individual accused of threatening the resident at the scene of the altercation.

Soon thereafter, deputies went to Deason’s home located a short distance away from the scene of the alleged altercation, set up a perimeter as a precaution, and attempted to contact him, but were ultimately unsuccessful. A warrant was subsequently requested for his arrest.

On Saturday, February 12, a deputy was dispatched to check Deason’s home in order to serve the warrant, at which time he was taken into custody without incident.

Deason faces a single second-degree felony charge for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Under the Texas Penal Code, second-degree felonies are punishable by between two and 20 years and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

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