On Thursday, August 17, 2023, the Cleveland Police Department was dispatched to the 400 block of Belcher Street (corner of N. Blair Avenue and FM 2025) regarding a motorcycle accident with possible injuries.
Cleveland Police Department Officers working the accident had shut down the roadway while conducting their traffic investigation. While investigating the crash, a male driving a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic and began excessively honking the vehicle’s horn. After doing so several times, this drew the attention of the investigating officers. Officers approached the male and requested his driver’s license. The male refused and advised that he knew his rights.
Officers could not see the male’s movements, and the male refused to provide his driver’s license. Officers ordered the male to exit the cab of the tractor-trailer, which he refused.
Officers called a supervisor to the scene, reiterating to the male to exit the vehicle that he was under arrest for the traffic code violation and failure to identify. The male continued to refuse. The male was asked if he had a firearm in his possession, to which he told the officers he did have a firearm and would use it if he felt threatened.
The male had locked the doors to the tractor-trailer cabin, refused to identify himself, and advised that he had a firearm and would use it if he felt threatened.
Accounting for the entirety of the situation, officers took up a defensive position at their patrol units and called in additional resources. Deputies/Officers from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable’s Office, Liberty County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office, Splendora Police Department, and the Liberty County Attorney’s Mental Health Division arrived to assist. After a long period of negotiations,