Jasper County Sheriff comes face to face with gun-wielding man


Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Wednesday that a situation north of Jasper resulted in some tense moments for he and other officers.

Newman said the series of events began just before noon, when emergency dispatchers received a call from a worker at the Veterans Administration in Houston who reported that they had been contacted by a resident of Jasper County, who was threatening to kill himself.

Newman said that he and others went to a home where the call was said to originate on County Road 62A, where they were confronted by a man wielding a gun, who had reportedly fired several shots into a nearby wooded area.

As the situation progressed, Newman said that he soon found himself with a gun pointed straight at his face, in a standoff with Micheal Duhon, begging the sheriff to shoot him.

Newman said that he continued to talk with the man, who was apparently stressed and in a desperate situation and was finally able to persuade him into putting down the gun.

Newman said the man was taken to the Jasper County Jail where he was, at last word, still being held. Duhon is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

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