Dusty Childress, a member of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, died in a shootout Saturday morning with Wesley Dale Mason, a recent member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, on Jones County Road 341 just east of the Abilene, Texas dump.
According to authorities, multiple shots were fired by each man. Childress was riding a motorcycle. Mason was driving a blue, Dodge pickup truck.
Jones County Sheriffs arrived at the scene about an hour after the shooting. They took Childress to the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he was pronounced dead.
Lieutenant James Torres of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office told Brian Bethel of the Abilene Reporter that the gunfight was “biker gang related.” Torres did not say who he thought shot first.
Sheriffs and investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety found Mason’s truck in a ditch about a half mile from the shooting scene. Mason was shot twice, in the foot and leg, and after driving into the ditch he fled to a nearby home where he was taken into custody about two Saturday afternoon.
Mason was in the news for two incidents since late in 2013. Last year he was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined a $1,000 for lending a large dog carrier and a dolly to John Patrick Gutierrez. Gutierrez used the equipment to move and bury the body of a man named Carey Rod Tate. Mason negotiated a plea and sentencing agreement in which he pled guilty to tampering with evidence. In return, his eight year sentence was deferred and charges stemming from a 2013 altercation between members of the Bandidos and members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club in the parking lot of a Logan’s Roadhouse were dropped.
Mason had his initial appearance in the county courthouse in Anson, Texas this morning. He was charged with murder and his bail was set at $500,000.
The relationship between the long-established Bandidos and the relatively instant Kinfolk has been strained for the last year. Bandidos leaders have compared the Kinfolk to the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.
In a recent Facebook post titled “Is there a new Sheriff in TEXAS???,” a Kinfolk sympathizer who identifies himself as “1% Anonymous” wrote:
“To push us, to try to control us would only become your nightmare. It would unleash the wolves that once guarded your thrones. The wolves that once gave you your strength and might. But now the wolves have a new master, they do their own bidding, and you shall soon see the wrath of our pack. You will hunt us, and we will stalk you and a few may fall. But the fangs and claws that once helped create your illusion of power and control, will now tear you apart. Piece by piece, you will be devoured in the name of our fallen brothers till nothing is left but a faint red and gold memory. And we will still be here. Once again at rest until the next tyrant awakens us. Our brotherhood and love will carry on for eternity as will our name. Some will call us friend, some even brother but all will know us for who we truly are. We are Kinfolk MC 1%er. The guardians of the old ways.”