Apple Springs ISD went into lock-down mode on Thursday morning as law enforcement agencies combed the area for a man who allegedly shot a man and kidnapped his girlfriend.
Zane Ross Williams, 39, of Lufkin, was arrested after a brief standoff with officers from the Lufkin Police Department's Special Response Team. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, both felony charges.
The incident occurred at about 1:15 a.m. on Thursday morning when dispatchers received multiple calls of a shooting in the parking lot of the Hidden Oaks II apartment complex located on Tulane Drive, according to a press release. According to witnesses, Williams and Amos Clary, his 35-year-old alleged victim, argued in the parking lot before the shooting occurred. Williams fled the scene in a white Chevrolet pickup truck after taking the woman against her will.
Lufkin PD detectives tracked Williams to a trailer home in Trinity County, and he was taken into custody at about 10 a.m., following a brief standoff. Sheriff Woody Wallace requested that Apple Springs ISD lock down its campuses at about 9:30 a.m.
According to the press release, "The Apple Springs School District handled the situation professionally and promptly."
The press release also stated that "(a)t no time were there any serious threats to students or anyone else in the area." Law enforcement officers including TCSO deputies and a constable assisted an "outside agency" and the Texas Rangers in the search just off of FM 2501. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was also in the area as an added precaution.
The woman was unharmed, while Clary remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Law enforcement is still investigating the incident.