Man arrested after day-long fracas near Azle

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A man was arrested late Friday afternoon after a day-long disturbance near Azle that included an assault on a 67-year-old man and a burst gunfire from a semiautomatic rifle, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Frank John McKinney, 50, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. at an area where recreational vehicles were parked in the 1200 block of Sandy Beach Road, said Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

The unincorporated area is between Azle and Pelican Bay, about a half-mile west of the west shore of Eagle Mountain Lake.

McKinney, who apparently was staying in an RV, was acting erratically Friday morning, Grisham said. Witnesses said he had been drinking, and a nearby convenience store declined to sell him more alcoholic beverages.

“He came out in his boxers, yelling,” Grisham said.

Deputies responded to a 911 call, but McKinney wasn’t showing a weapon then, so no arrest was made. Later, however, McKinney evidently assaulted the older neighbor in a disagreement over some cats, Grisham said.

The older man went to a sheriff’s substation and filed a complaint. Deputies prepared an arrest warrant, but while they were doing that, McKinney reportedly came out of his RV with an AR-15 rifle.

“Witnesses said he shot up to 10 rounds, creating severe panic in the neighborhood,” Grisham said.

No one was hurt, but deputies evacuated and sealed off the area. Three nearby schools were placed in various stages of lockdown up until classes were dismissed late Friday afternoon, Grisham said

A tactical unit, including negotiators, tried to get McKinney to surrender. When the talks appeared to be fruitless, Sheriff Dee Anderson, who was on scene, ordered deputies to flush the man out with tear gas, Grisham said.

McKinney was in the Tarrant County Jail Friday night, facing a felony charge of injury to an elderly person, according to jail records. Bail had not been set at 10:30 p.m.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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