Last night at about 7:15, a 36-year-old man named Scott Duane Fare (above) walked up to some deputies standing in the parking lot of the McLennan County Jail, threatened to kill them and then refused to let himself be arrested.
“He’s been known to act like this before,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told Waco television station KXXV. “It’s kind of a pattern of behavior for him, apparently.”
“We got him boxed in and we tried to talk some sense into him and it didn’t work,” the Sheriff told the television station. The police talker was a Sheriff’s Captain named Steve Smith. When Fare drove off he injured Smith’s hand. Six police forces including the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and a Swat team joined in the pursuit. Spike strips were deployed. After hitting the spikes Fare ran into a ditch and then fled on foot. The search continued with eight bloodhounds and a helicopter.
Fare ran four miles. When he finally made it home, Marshals were waiting for him. He was taken into custody and booked into the McLennan County Jail at two this morning. Fare was charged with seven, mostly redundant counts; like aggravated assault against a peace officer and three counts of assault against a public servant. Today he is being held on $245,000 bail.
“We really don’t know what this guy’s motives are,” McNamara told KXXV. “Why do you go to a county jail? He wasn’t in jail and you go to a county jail and threaten to kill officers that you see happen to be in the parking lot?”
Waco Trib Version
The Waco Tribune-Herald had an interesting take on Fare’s desperate run. According to that paper, Fare claimed he “is part of a group known as Anonymous, which is known for posting confidential information about police officers and hacking into government computers.”
The Tribune-Herald reports Fare walked into the McLennan County Courthouse sometime yesterday with a dog and “demanded that deputies on the first-floor rotunda release video from the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout and that a gag order be removed from the case involving Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen.”
The Waco newspaper reports that Fare threatened to release personal information about the deputies if the gag order was not lifted and the video was not released.