NORMANGEE, Texas -- The Normangee, TX Police Chief, Charles Herford, was arrested early Wednesday morning after a standoff that lasted several hours.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Herford is charged with evading with a motor vehicle, and deadly conduct.

At 1:55 a.m. 911 dispatchers in Madison County received a 911 call from Herford's wife, who was apparently very upset. The call got disconnected somehow, and Leon County dispatch called her back.

During that phone call dispatchers reported hearing a gunshot, so they sent authorities to the home. At some point, Herford left his home in a vehicle, and evaded authorities when they tried to pull him over but he didn't stop.

Authorities were reportedly in contact with Herford over his police radio during this time. Around 5:30 a.m. Herford returned to his home and continued communicating with authorities over his radio. At 7:00 a.m. he surrendered and was taken into custody.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Herford was arrested without anyone getting injured. The standoff started around 2:30 a.m.


The Normangee Independent School District posted on its Facebook page around 6:30 a.m. that it was canceling school for the day.

The sheriff's office couldn't provide more details about Herford's arrest, only saying it was an ongoing investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.