After arraignment Thursday, Normangee Police Chief, Charles Herford, was released from the Leon County Jail after posting bail.
Herford was arrested Wednesday morning after arguing with his wife, discharging his weapon to threaten her, and fleeing from their home in an effort to evade arrest.
The judge in Herford’s bond hearing set bond for a total of $8500 for both charges (deadly conduct and evading in a motor vehicle).
At approximately 1:55 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Madison County Sheriff’s 911 Dispatchers received a call from Herford’s wife concerned about the family’s safety. The initial conversation, however, got disconnected.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office then called Herford’s home at approximately 2:30am, and when his wife answered, the dispatcher reported hearing what she thought were shots being fired.
While units were in route to the scene, Herford left his home in his patrol car. A Sheriff attempted to make a stop on Herford’s patrol car but he continued driving away.
Herford’s whereabouts were unknown for a few hours, until he returned to his house on 4th Street.
The Texas Rangers, DPS, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Normangee Police Department and Madisonville Police Department were all on scene as the stand off ensued.
Normangee ISD was notified of the situation and school was subsequently cancelled at 6:30am.
After lengthy negotiations, Herford eventually agreed to peacefully surrender to authorities.
Herford was taken into custody and booked into the Leon County Jail on charges of deadly conduct and evading in a motor vehicle.
Herford’s wife, Holly, and their children were not harmed and remain in a safe location.