Criminal Justice

Holed Up at Home Since 2000, Texas Man Awaits Potential Gunfight with Sheriff's Deputies


Over a decade ago, John Joe Gray got involved in an altercation with Henderson County sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop, leading to a warrant for his arrest after he apparently failed to appear to defend himself in a criminal case.

Authorities know where he’s been throughout that time—on a 47-acre farm he owns about 100 miles from Fort Worth, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

But Gray, who is not only armed himself but defended by multiple armed adult children, has vowed not to be taken alive and a series of sheriffs in office since Gray was bailed out of jail in early 2000 have opted simply to ignore him.

“John Joe Gray is not worth it,” the current Henderson County sheriff, Ray Nutt, tells the newspaper. The fourth lawman to hold the position in the time Gray has been holed up, he says that “ten of him is not worth going up there and getting one of my young deputies killed.”

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