According to KSAT12, a standoff occurred between police and a 61-year-old gunman in Terrell Hills Saturday evening. The shots fired led to a heavy police presence in the neighborhood. Gunman Jerome George Parma Jr. is being charged with deadly conduct by discharging a firearm in the direction of one or more persons.
Around 6:30 p.m., police responded to a suspicious person call. The person turned out to be Parma, sitting on his porch in the 300 block of Elizabeth Street .A responding officer spoke with Parma, who handed them his driver’s license and then became “uncooperative” and walked back into the home. According to an affidavit obtained by authorities, officers heard a single gunshot from inside the home. The officers took cover and called for backup. Police tried to contact Parma at a several different phone numbers they had obtained several phones numbers attributed as belonging to the assailant with no luck, the affidavit says. Officials tried to negotiate and contact with Parma but were unsuccessful. Police shot Parma and he was transported to the hospital in serious condition. According to the affidavit, Parma’s family said he is suffering from several mental issues and possibly depression.
Neighbors recount the tense moments. “I pulled into the garage in the minivan. I left the door open, grabbed my things and then I heard a gunshot go off,” said Richard Rybacky, who lives next door to where the stand-off took place. Rybacky shut the doors, went upstairs, and watched the scene unfold as police officers were taking cover behind a car. “Shortly after 11 o’clock, I heard a very loud shot,” Rybacky said. “Then I heard the police yelling and they were obviously yelling at the suspect, things like ‘Get down. Don’t move.’ Things like that.” Another neighbor who lives across the street from Parma had this to say, “Not something that is too surprising, you don’t expect it to happen. No one expects it to happen in their neighborhood,” Bob Cohen said. “I don’t care what kind of neighborhood it is, but it can, it has and it did and I’m just glad nobody was hurt.”
KSAT looked at crime statistics in the area and the only other incident reported this year was a theft a few blocks away. Parma remains in police custody after the five-hour standoff.
Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:
- There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
- The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
- During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
- Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
- There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
- 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
- There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders
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