JUNE 1, 2011.
Parker County Sheriff
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a high amount of calls during the Memorial weekend.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said dispatch call takers typically answer an average of 100 calls daily.
“During holidays and weekends, the numbers tend to slightly rise,” Sheriff Fowler said. “Yet this weekend, we experienced a high volume of calls.”
The 2011 Memorial weekend calls for service totaled 389.
During 2010 memorial weekend, the sheriff’s office experienced a total of 309 calls. For the month of May 2011, dispatchers received 2,729 calls for the Sheriff’s Office. In May 2010, the total was 2,197.
That increase has been consistent. From Jan. through May 2010, the total number of calls for service is 10,111. From Jan. through May 2011, the total skyrocketed to exactly 3,000 additional calls.
“That puts a higher workload for our communications officers and responding patrol deputies,” Fowler said, adding those numbers do not include 9-1-1 calls for service for surrounding departments. Our communicators also receive emergency calls for Hudson Oaks Police Department and Reno Police Department as well as many county fire calls.”
A majority of the calls were domestic disputes, assaults and family violence.
Three such calls were reported to have occurred in the10800 block of West Interstate 20 over the holiday weekend at Hillbilly Haven camping and recreational site.
The first call, reported Saturday, May 28, just before 5 p.m., was regarding a male victim, who was assaulted by an acquaintance during an argument which left him with multiple injuries and in need of medical attention.
Witnesses reported the victim had been tubing on the Brazos River with a group of people, when an argument erupted between him and a male suspect, who struck the victim with his fist. Witnesses helped the victim to Hillbilly Haven and called 9-1-1. The suspect fled on foot. The victim was taken by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital where he was treated for facial injuries and later released. The victim did not wish to pursue charges.
The second call came in Monday, May 30, 2011, just before 4 p.m., at the same address, where a domestic dispute between a married couple was reported. The male victim reported he was assaulted by his wife during a verbal argument and she “stabbed” him in the chest with a fork. The suspect, identified as Alexis Palmer, 37, of Santo, was arrested and charged with assault causes bodily injury family violence. She was released on a $2,500 bond the following day.
The third incident occurred Wednesday June, 1, 2011, at around 12:30 a.m., where the victim reported he had been in an argument with an acquaintance. The victim reported the suspect threatened and displayed a revolver, pointing it at the victim. The victim then reported he reached for the weapon and “pushed the gun.”
The suspect fled the scene. The victim later realized he had been shot in the left hand and went to a local hospital where he received treatment. He refused to press charges.