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Camp County Shooting Update


Camp County Sheriff’s Department
Pittsburg, Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Shooting Incident 06/28/2017

On Wednesday morning at approximately 3:55 am, a Camp County Deputy responded to a possible prowler call at a residence on FM 556. The deputy met with the original complainant who reported suspicious activity outside his neighbor’s house. The deputy then pulled up to the gate where the person saw the possible prowler. As the deputy was exiting his patrol vehicle, the suspect began firing rounds at the patrol car with what was believed to be a semi-auto rifle.

The deputy was not injured, but the car sustained numerous shots through the windshield and the front of the vehicle which disabled the patrol car. I asked for assistance from the Pittsburg Police Department, Camp County Constable’s Department, the Mt Pleasant Police Department’s SWAT Team, the Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, air support by the Mid-America Flight Museum out of Mt Pleasant and Camp County EMS.

Through the course of the investigation, we determined that one of the suspects in the house was Robert Darrell Giles III, a person of interest by the sheriff’s office and local law enforcement. Reportedly he had been making death threats toward and wanted to kill the police and others.

Because the threats were deemed dangerous, a region-wide teletype was sent out for officer safety in case an officer encountered Giles III. Even though the information we received indicated he lived on FM 556, all identifying information showed he was a Longview resident.

Based on the above information, a perimeter was maintained around the residence as well as in the area to make sure there was no outside threat to area residents. All occupants of the house voluntarily came out when requested. The occupants of the residence were detained, interviewed and released except for Giles III.

After officers processed the scene, Robert Darrell Giles III, 24, of Pittsburg, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Criminal Mischief $30,000, $150,000 value. Authorities arraigned Giles III and bonds set at $750,000 for the assault and $50,000 on the criminal mischief.