Waskom’s quiet community, known as the “Gateway to Texas,” was disrupted late Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at approximately 5:00 PM. Waskom PD responded to a call of shots being fired at the site of the Grab N Go Exxon Station, located at I-20 and the 510 Spur, in Harrison County, Texas.
According to the statement of Waskom Police Chief Westy Meisenheimer, Waskom PD appeared on scene and arrested a Caucasian male, Michael Paul Wilson, age 53, charging him with Deadly Conduct, a felony, for discharging a firearm in the direction of an occupied vehicle. Wilson had allegedly gotten into a verbal altercation with three unidentified individuals, travelling in a gray, 4-door sedan vehicle. Wilson reportedly fired his handgun in the direction of the said vehicle, as it sped away from the premises of the Grab N Go service station facility.
Occupants of the vehicle reportedly fired approximately four shots towards Wilson. The gray car made a quick getaway, taking the West bound entrance ramp to Interstate 20, rapidly merging into traffic.
The identities of the occupants of the vehicle are currently under investigation.
Michael Wilson was booked into the Harrison County Jail, went before a local Magistrate for bail and was bonded out.
Wilson posted the following messages about these events on his social media account:
“I feared for my life, I felt a duty to protect my community from Interstate thugs. There was a revolver from inside the car pointed at me, before I stepped back two steps, drew and fired at the vehicle, at that point, it was him or me! I chose me!”
Wilson added: “I thought what I did was the right thing today in this catastrophic world of unknowns. I’ve been taught to never never never draw your weapon as a threat but rather self defense.” [sic]
The Waskom PD is continuing their investigation of the incident and reviewing surveillance camera footage from the Grab N Go.